Photographically explore the landscape and how it describes and defines a way of life.

Date: Jul 22-28, 2018
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee: $1195
Class Size: 15

Learn how to develop a project with a connection to place and embrace the unexpected and spontaneous as you travel the midcoast region, searching for landscapes and environmental portraits. We will use the Maine landscape as a base to build on, incorporating environmental portraits, architecture, interiors and exteriors to create a sense of place.  The week together will also include discussions on important figures in contemporary and historic photography, the tools they employ to present their message, and strategies to consider in reaching your own audience.  We will work together to create and edit a personal series of photographs that describe your experience in this unique landscape and lend to a sense of place.    

Each day, we will travel together throughout the central coast of Maine landscape and towns to photograph and discuss techniques for photographing a variety of subjects.  In addition, we will spend some time in the studio on constructive critique, editing, and post-production methods.

Students may pair this class with The Handmade Photographic Book without taking the usual pre-requisite (Editing & Sequencing the Photobook) if they wish to bind the series of work they shoot in Sense of Place into a handmade book.

Past student work (left to right): Janet Smith, Heather Marcus, LeeAnn Cafferata, Walker Bankson

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Instructor: Eliot Dudik

Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, place, and history. His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010. In 2012, Dudik was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art. He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio, resulting in a book publication and solo exhibition. Broken Land was most recently published as a feature in the July/August 2015 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. FLASH FORWARD 2015 chose the series for publication and exhibition in Toronto and Boston.