Discover and enliven your photographic vision. Seeing photographically is what this week is all about.

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Discover and enliven your photographic vision. Seeing photographically is what this week is all about. We do not dwell on the hardware or the editing; instead we cover the visual, intellectual and intuitive elements which go into making a photograph. This course is open to anyone looking for new ways to see - from novices to seasoned pros. Each day we explore a single aspect of photographic vision in depth.


Subjects covered during the week:

First Day: The Quality of Light - The photographer's basic tool. Develop a greater appreciation for the quality of light- the direct light of noon, the soft light of dawn, the shadows of late afternoon, the diffused light of fog.

Second Day: The Camera Lens - Explore the lens' ability to distort perspective, alter reality and isolate subjects through focus and depth-of-field.

Third Day: Point of View & The Frame - Investigate the frame's ability to edit, select, isolate, include and exclude elements in our field of vision. Examine how the camera lies to tell a greater truth.

Fourth Day: Composition & Photographic Design - Work with lines, shapes and space as the frame creates two dimensions from a three-dimensional space.

Fifth Day: The Element of Time - Manipulate camera shutter speed to extend and compress time, to freeze action and express motion.

Final Day: The Culminating Picture - A single photograph, your final assignment, brings together all the elements you have examined and will be presented at the final critique.

Mornings begin with a review and critique of the previous day's photographs, followed by lecture and discussions of a new aspect of "photographic vision" providing a basis for the day's assignment and fieldwork. Experimentation is encouraged and participants are expected to stretch, explore and test new ideas. Failures and mistakes will be applauded. 

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop for image processing and editing since this is not based in a digital lab classroom.



Greer Muldowney

Greer Muldowney is an artist, photography professor and independent curator based in Boston, Massachusetts. She received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Studio Art from Clark University, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has acted as the Curator for the Desotorow Gallery in Savannah, GA and is the Regional Coordinator for the Flash Forward Festival on behalf of the Magenta Foundation. Muldowney also serves as an active member of the Board for the Griffin Museum of Photography, and currently teaches at Boston College and Boston University.

Her work has been exhibited and published in North America, Hong Kong, Malaysia and France, and is a 2013 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship.


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Course Dates

Jun 21 to Jun 27
Aug 23 to Aug 29



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