Experience the magic of the Orkney islands! With more than 5000 years of human history, culture and architecture, as well as the beautiful sparse landscape, there is something to interest every artist. From the Neolithic stone village of Skara Brae to the 850-year-old Norse St Magnus Cathedral, this World Heritage Site ensures you will experience a history on par with Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China.
This is not your typical photographic “postcard” tour. Tillman’s knowledge of the Orkneys comes from the many years spent photographing for his two books, Touchstones and Odin Stone. The beginning of the week will be spent exploring a number of sites. Believing that it is rare for the best image to come on a first visit, Tillman will entice, encourage and support you in repeated exploration of those sites that speak to you. Whether your interests take the form of the vastness of the stones at the Ring of Brodgar or the intimacy of the Italian Chapel, there is a project of photographic interest for you. Dovecotes, Click Mills, a Viking Bu, the remains of a Bishop’s Palace, WW II gun bunkers, beachheads, working harbors and stones, stones, stones. Orkney has it all – island quietude, a rich history and a sense of mystery that comes only with the passage of unfathomable periods of time.
To make this intimate week of photographing possible, the workshop is limited to 10 people. All camera format, film and digital, are welcome. Large format and film are always welcome in my workshop but be advised that there is no opportunity for processing film. Digital photographers should bring their own laptop to edit for critiques. (Due to the unpredictability of Scottish weather and the continuous presence of wind on the islands, those bringing large format cameras are encouraged to also bring along a smaller format.)
Throughout the week we will divide our time between making images and critiquing them. At this time of year it will be light from anout 4 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. so there are many opportunities for photographing under different light conditions. We will decide as a group how we will plan each day. During our critique time I ask that you share 5 - 10 images per critique. These may be images made during the workshop or from previous work, in print or digital form. In addition, if you would like an individual portfolio review bring a representative portfolio of no more than 30 images, in print or digital format.
My Spirit of Structure workshops are designed to increase your skills and to help you to challenge old habits and break out of ruts. Your focus during the week is not about making the perfect photograph but in approaching the subjects differently, in taking risks, in shifting your point-of-view. The combination of working in a new environment and being deliberate in your photographing will change the photographs you make long after this workshop is over.
For all participants: Please bring two images – one of your own and one of a photographer who inspires you (not an original) – to introduce yourself to the group.
The workshop begins on Sunday evening, June 15 at 6 p.m. and ends after dinner on Friday. I would suggest making your departure plans for Saturday, June 21.
Transportation, Lodging: Participants are responsible for all lodging, meals and transportation.
Airports: Please note: There are two airports in London that have connecting flights to Scotland - Heathrow (LHR) & Gatwick (LGW). To decrease confusion I recommend you to fly in and out of the same airport when you are making your reservations.
Edinburgh (EDI) Glasgow (GLA)Orkney Kirkwall (KOI)
Rental Cars: A rental car is a must for this workshop. Contact me if you are interested in sharing a car and I will put the word out in the group as registration for the workshop is completed.
Lodging: Tillman is staying at:
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Westrow Lodge B&B Contact: Kathy Bichan K2bichan@gmail.com
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Coubister B&B Contact: Mrs. Dennis Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
At the time of registration, Maine Media Workshops will collect an initial deposit of $150, plus a $55 registration fee. All other payments will be billed & collected directly by Tillman Crane.
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