The Personal Story

Explore the dimensions of personal experience to develop a coherent and visually sophisticated body of work.

*****Note: This class is now fully booked.  To be placed on the waiting list, please send an email to registrar@mainemedia.edu ***** 4/4/14

Personal photographic stories are for the purpose of self-representation via the world outside of you. The artist can show their emotions, questions, thoughts, limitations, and joys in a scene or a color or even another's face. What we create is a part of who we are and what we see in others is always, to some extent, what we see in ourselves. This workshop is intended for those who are interested in developing a body of work that explores the dimensions of personal experience and to help students discover the limitless forms of self-representation.


The mysterious and intimate language of symbols, surrogates, iconography, and metaphors are discussed as a means by which students may pursue a heightened visual language. The class explores the personal versus the universal, the constructed versus the found, and how to avoid the pitfalls of cliché and stereotype.

The goal of the workshop is to learn the skills necessary to develop a coherent and visually sophisticated body of work that is honest and meaningful. There are daily discussions, written exercises, and reviews of work in progress, as well as individual assignments designed to help participants hone their abilities to recognize and capture emotional content and create memorable images.

Students should bring ideas, a strong sense of humor, and an intention to take risks.

A portfolio review is required for admission to this course. You can submit a portfolio via a link to your website, online portfolio, or print submission. For more detailed information on these requirements, click here.

 

Instructors

Cig Harvey

© Cig HarveyCig Harvey’s photographs and artist’s books have been exhibited widely and are in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, and the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester. She was a recently nominated for the 2013 John Gutmann Award and was a finalist at Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Cig had her first solo museum show at The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph You Look At Me Like An Emergency, Schilt Publishing, 2012. Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with, New York Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and process at institutions around the world. Her second monograph, Gardening At Night, will be released in the spring 2015.. www.cigharvey.com.