Explore the creative possibilities of people, spaces, and objects in black and white.

© Emily SchifferDiscover new possibilities! This course will expand your visual interests and add new energy to your work in digital B&W. Inspiration and knowledge is derived from lectures that examine the work of major photographers in specific fields, providing a context for each day's work. Discussions cover theory, history, and technical concerns. Afternoons are spent working in the field on specific assignments, each designed to awaken your eye and strengthen your ability to deal effectively with new subject matter in a highly personal way. 

Subjects covered during the week:

First Day: Spaces - The afternoon is spent photographing spaces, capturing the corner of a room, photographing a farmyard, backyard or porch.

Second Day: The Landscape - We work on rural and urban landscapes, photographing seascapes and horizons to create three-dimensionality with the foreground, middle-ground and background.

Third Day: Objects - This day we photograph things, an object's integrity, essence and its place as defined by the space around it.

Fourth Day: The Portrait - We are concerned with exploring ways to photograph people: friends, strangers, groups of people, even ourselves.

Fifth Day: The Emotional Photograph - This assignment is to produce a single, complex photograph which expresses an emotion, concept or idea.

Final Day: Saturday morning is a final review of the week's work, with an assessment of each participant's progress, new ground broken, discoveries made and the direction in which each student will leave Rockport.

Mornings are filled with review and critique of the previous day's photographs. Lectures and discussions present new ideas and explore the way other photographers have handled specific subject matter. 

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


Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $125.


Deanna Witman

© Robert Davis

Deanna is a visual artist, explorer, and educator working in photographic media. She maintains an intense studio practice with her work deeply rooted in ideas of ephemerality, biology, and synergy. Her images are born from the intuition, discovery, and of the sublime. She has been working primarily under a lensless photographic practice for the past ten years.

Her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in many private collections and is represented by Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME. Her work was has been featured in many publications including most recently Lomography Magazine, 365 Days/365 Artists, as well as Lenscratch, BETA (cover), and Le Journal de la Photographie, as well as The exhibition catalog for her solo exhibition Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena which includes an introduction by Dr. Alan Lightman was released in 2013. Her pinhole photographs are included in many collections and have recently been included in the Bascom’s American Art Today: Figures exhibition and featured in the 2013 Ballarat Foto Festival in Australia. In addition, Deanna received a grant in 2014 from the John Anson KiTredge Fund for a new project in progress. 

She holds an MFA in Photography and a BS in Environmental Science. She currently teaches at Unity College and serves as faculty at Maine Media Workshops + College, Rockport, ME.

Website:  http://dmwitman.com/




Course Dates

Mar 22 to Mar 28



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