All good photographs are self portraits. During this workshop, we will consider that premise as we study what is important to us and how we approach each assignment. We explore portraiture, the grace of the human form, props, journals, ourselves and each other.
As we translate ideas into images, we look for those moments in our hearts and spirits that speak softly, "yes" . We search each individuals' universe, for it is from this reservoir of life's personal victories or fateful detours, that photography can become the visual voice for stories left behind. In this workshop there are no mistakes, only opportunities to explore another path, a different way of seeing the light or new movement within the frame. Risk is encouraged.
This class is about using our imagination and sharing new ways to convey intention as we remember why we are photographic artists. The week starts with a portfolio review followed by lectures and demonstrations on light, reflectors and the ethereal quality of infrared for those interested. There are daily critiques with discussions on print and portfolio presentations.
Please bring with you 10 images, print or digital that you have made and feel strongly about and one figure or portrait image that you wish you had made.
"A great learning experience in a beautiful environment."
- Barry McNew, Greenville, TX
"Elizabeth is supremely sensitive and supportive."
- Steven Fierberg, Los Angeles, CA
"Learning from Elizabeth Opalenik is to learn from a true master and a lovely woman."