Explore the nature of creativity itself.

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Perception and creativity are the cornerstones of photographic style. What is interesting is not the subject, but one’s point of view that makes a great photograph. Our goal in this workshop is to create images that communicate to others with emotional resonance as we raise our visual aesthetic to interpret and visualize in new ways.   A single image can have the power to stimulate the imagination and the intellect while telling a story to awaken the senses or revive a dream. This workshop is designed for those who know the technical basics of photography and want to develop the creative skills for producing a strong portfolio of images. Our challenge is to explore the nature of creativity itself and discover ways to bring its power to our photographs.










Each morning begins with exercises and a review of the previous day’s work. Together we analyze the images, discuss how to cultivate our visual talents and consider the stylistic strategies of master photographers.  Through assignments  we explore the dramatic afternoon light as we learn to see what is there so we know how to see it. As time permits, there will be individual or smaller group meetings with Elizabeth to consider current projects and future directions. Discussions about presenting and exhibiting your work are enhanced by connections with others about photography in the context of the art world.

There may be some location entrance fees.  Plan on up to $75.

Students are asked to bring a digital selection of five images they wish they had made and a current body of work they wish to expand.

All image credit © Elizabeth Opalenik

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Instructor: Elizabeth Opalenik

Elizabeth Opalenik lives and works in Oakland, California, but this peripatetic artist is often on the move. As a photographic artist, she believes that all good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams.  Her 35 year career has found her teaching or making images on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things.  Elizabeth conducts photographic portrait, figure and mordançage workshops internationally, creating a sense of wonder and possibility in her students.