Exploring themes of memory and personal symbolism

Sep 19, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1250
Class Size: 12 (max)

Join photographer/writer Sal Taylor Kydd as you explore your personal narrative through the lens of memory and personal symbolism. Through written prompts and photographic cues you will explore connections to the landscape and the natural world and your own personal narratives; through the visual language of allegory, myth and metaphor.

Using the tools we have as photographers and your imagination, we will work to transform what we see into a lyrical and transcendental image. As poets use the language of metaphor and allegory, so you will you learn to recognize motifs in your own work to create images rich in symbolism.

Mornings will be spent in class discussing the motivations and threads that run through your work, as well as the personal vision you want to create – with a view to developing your portfolio. We will begin by sharing participants previous work to understand interests and goals.

Afternoons will be spent shooting in the field with Sal.

This workshop is designed for experienced photographers looking to develop their portfolio and who are interested in the themes of symbolism, myth and personal history in the creation of a lyrical photograph.

All image credit ©Sal Taylor Kydd

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Instructor: Sal Taylor Kydd

Originally from the UK, photographer and artist Sal Taylor Kydd earned her BA in Modern Languages from Manchester University in the UK and has an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College.  Her fine art photographs have been exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including Barcelona, San Miguel De Allende, Portland, Boston and Los Angeles.
Sal is also a writer and poet, and has self-published a number of books combining her poetry with her photographs. Her books are in numerous private and museum collections throughout the country including The Getty Museum and the Maine Women Writer’s Collection at the University of New England. Sal’s latest book Landfall, produced by Datz Press, is a limited edition book of poems and photographs about the islands off the coast of Maine. Her book Just When I Thought I Had You, is now in its second edition. Sal also teaches and is on the board of Maine Media Workshops & College in Rockport ME.