Breaking routine to break new ground

Expect to be jolted.  You will learn the benefits of collaborating on creative photographic projects to enhance your individual talents.

Each day the assignments will extend your creative horizons. They include storytelling which involves choosing a project and working collaboratively to develop a body of work, visual rhymes, multiple exposures and visualizing poetry. Whether working solo or on shared projects, the challenges are stepping stones which exercise the creative muscles and build throughout the week.

Every exercise is introduced with examples drawn from classic photographic literature and also the instructors’ own portfolios plus their collaborative work.

There are many disciplines in the arts where collaboration is the norm. Yet photography is typically a solitary pursuit. This course illustrates the rewards of sharing creative decisions with other talented photographers. Learn and grow with the flow of ideas.  Your individual talents will not be diminished but complimented.

The instructors will help and encourage your growth in developing a rich body of images.

Sponsored by Leica. Complimentary access to Leica cameras & lenses.


Eileen McCarney Muldoon

Eileen is a fine arts photographer living and working in Jamestown, RI. Her photographic style has been described as painterly, but she prefers to attribute her style to the gift that photography has given her to see the world with the eyes of an artist. She uses natural light as a means to express emotion.

Cartier–Bresson knew when he captured the "decisive moment" in his street photography. Eileen too, has expressed the joy of capturing that moment, but in a very different manner. Her "decisive moment" is when she feels she loses herself to her subject & knows there is a complete union. She believes that her finest images all share that moment.

When Eileen is not working on her art, she is teaching photography at local, regional and international workshops. Her work has been exhibited at Newport Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, Mystic Arts Center and numerous galleries throughout New England and New York. Additionally, Eileen has had two books published and is currently working on her third.

"A few years ago I became committed to creating a cohesive portfolio. I was looking to define my photographic identity. I wanted to present and understand my photographic voice. It was during the same time that I began to ask the question whether photographing made me have a more intense experience or did it diminish my experience. Did it make me more alive and aware or did it make me an outsider, an observer. Learning the answer to that question made me at peace with my emerging portfolio. My portfolio represents who I am. The photographs that I chose to put in my portfolios are from times when I know I am one with my subject and my camera makes the moment intensely intimate. I no longer work at making my portfolio cohesive for a juror or a gallery. If I tame the direction of my work I lose my creativity. I work at being intimately connected with my subject and sharing my experience with others. I let my intuition guide me and I put my camera aside if creates a barrier to an experience. "

Olaf Willoughby

Olaf Willoughby is a photographer, writer, researcher and facilitator living in London. His life paths include a career in marketing, where he consults on the use of storytelling to improve business communications, and a passion for photography where he shoots and writes to develop his creativity and fulfill a desire for advocacy.

Olaf is the co-founder of The Leica Meet a Facebook/website group that currently has 5,000 members.   He has been endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund in the distribution of 5,000 ebooks to raise money for environmental causes, and was featured on the International Polar Year website. 

Over the past several years Olaf has spoken on the art of using storytelling to improve business communications in London, Basel, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Athens and Chicago.


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