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Discover ‘The City of Eternal Spring’
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Discover ‘The City of Eternal Spring’, Medellin, Colombia, renowned for its perfect climate, friendly and lively ‘Paisa’ culture and innovative approaches to urban planning. We will photograph rituals, celebrations and street processions in traditional neighborhoods and nearby pueblos during Easter week.
This class addresses story-telling with an emphasis on strong visual images. They can be portraits or urban landscapes, a slice of light or an investigation of color. This class is designed for all levels of image-makers and iPhones and DSLR cameras are equally encouraged. Our goal will be to increase our visual and narrative capacities as we investigate the city by photographing both the processions and the preparations for these elaborate celebrations.
Bring your passions to explore and to make compelling photographs! There will be hands on, in the moment, on the street instruction, as well as daily group critiques. We will discuss ways to approach people and how to deal with ever-changing lighting situations. We will help you photograph the visual cacophony of daily life by making dynamic compositions that explode with light, shadow, and color and then help you to shape those images into a compelling body of work through selection and sequence.
Join acclaimed photographers and educators Stella Johnson and Tom Griggs. Stella is a recent Fulbright Scholar to Colombia, an educator and a passionate documentary photographer who has worked extensively in Oaxaca, Mexico. www.stellajohnson.com Tom has been living, photographing and teaching in Medellin since 2010. See his online project fototazo – http://www.fototazo.com/ – a non-profit site combining photography and social giving through micro-grants for emerging financially disadvantaged photographers from Colombia. www.tomgriggs.net
Meals: $10 is more than enough for an average meal, a special meal in a nice restaurant maybe $20 max for food, more with drinks. We will be eating together but going Dutch, except for a Welcome and Farewell dinner which are hosted by Maine Media.
When to arrive and depart: Arrival no later than Tuesday, April 7 in time for our evening gathering. Departure April 12, or stay and explore more on your own.
Visas: All U.S. citizens who do not also hold Colombian citizenship must present a valid U.S. passport to enter and exit Colombia. U.S. citizens do not need a Colombian visa for a tourist or business stay of less than 90 days. You may be denied entry if you do not have a return ticket your passport should be valid for at least 90 days after your trip ends.
Currency: The official currency is the Colombian Peso and in contrast to many of its neighbors, the US Dollar – although widely exchanged – really is not generally accepted at all.
Electricity: Voltage: 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S./Canada)
Flights: American, JetBlue, United and others fly to Medellin’s Jose Maria Cordova (MDE) airport. Taxis and Uber are available for transport to your hotel.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Tuesday April 7: Medellin
7 pm: Welcome dinner (Hato Viejo: http://hatoviejo.com/en/)
This is a meet and greet and a chance to talk about the week.
April 8 Wednesday: Medellin
10:00 am: Portfolio reviews and discuss the week. Address questions and concerns.
1:00pm Lunch: Buena Mar
2:30 – 4:00 Museo del Arte Moderno de Medellin
4:00-7:00 pm Go to the Medellin neighborhood of Santo Domingo to start exploring and photographing.
April 9 Thursday: El Retiro
7:00-10:00 am: Morning Photography TBA if students are interested.
10:00 am: Portfolio reviews
1:00pm Lunch Ajiacos y Mondongos
2:00pm: Go to El Retiro, an hour outside of Medellin where we will spend three nights and photograph processions and village life for two OR THREE days.
4:00 pm -8:00 pm: Children’s procession to the church. Priest has given permission to photograph.
Dinner in El Retiro. TBD
April 10 Friday- GOOD FRIDAY: El Retiro
7:00-10:00 am: Morning photography in village of El Retiro
10:00 am: Portfolio reviews
2:00pm Lunch: TBD
3:30-7:00 pm El Retiro processions
April 11 HOLY Saturday: El Retiro
10:00 am: Portfolio reviews
1:00pm Lunch: TBD
2:00pm – 4:00
4:00-8:00 PM Photography in El Retiro
April 12 Easter Sunday
7:00-10:00 am: Morning Photography El Retiro and/or start final portfolio reviews
10:00 am: Portfolio reviews
El Retiro is 20 kilometers from the International Airport.
2pm-12 am departures (most flights returning to the US are late night)
Accommodations: Rooms have been reserved for students at both hotels. Students pay directly to hotels upon arrival.
El Retiro: https://hotellaposadadelzaguan.negocio.site/
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Header Image Credit: Susan Genaro, student 2019
Instructor: Tom Griggs
Tom Griggs is a photographer, editor, educator and writer born in the United States and based since 2010 in Medellín, Colombia where he has taught between the University of Antioquia,…
Instructor: Stella Johnson
Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006 and in Colombia in 2018. The University of Maine Press published her first monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua in 2008. ZOI, her second monograph, was published in 2018 by Wild Greek Press. Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally. A dedicated educator, Johnson holds teaching positions at Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design. She also teaches workshops in Greece, Cuba, Colombia and Mexico. She was a 2018 and 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, twice, and a nominee for the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship. Johnson’s work has received numerous honors including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Johnson holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MS in Journalism from Boston University. Her work is held in public collections including The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography, among others.