For a photographer to decide on a focus for their artwork can be a difficult task. It is important to move naturally toward something and not to be inhibited by what has worked in the past or ideas of what is good or bad. Accepting what comes authentically is the most challenging and the most important aspect to creation and what will, ultimately, produce the most successful images.
Knowing how to edit and refine the outcome of a shoot is of equal importance and fundamental to building a relationship with one’s own photography. It can be easier for photographers to ‘take’, ‘make’, or ‘capture’ the picture than it is for them to see what they actually produced. This workshop is a relationship-building course that will help photographers establish strategies and methods to organize, meditate on, and ponder their images.
Participants are encouraged to stand back, evaluate, and reflect on their images, learning how to better understand the success and clarity of their photographs. Through group exercises, students begin to establish a deeper discourse with their work. Breaking down the method of the editorial process encourages self-discovery and the development of a concise group of images.
Field trips and editorial critiques bolster students’ ongoing relationship with their independent practice. By week’s end students have newfound perspective and strategies for creating work.