I wanted to start by saying of how thankful I am to The Bascom for bringing me back this summer to teach a three day workshop during the month of July. I actually came to Highlands a week early after being a Camp Counselor at El Pueblo Spanish Camp in Chattanooga, TN. During the week before my workshop I was working at El Azteca Rainforest Bar & Grill as a server and bartender and I ran into so many familiar faces that filled my heart with joy. I am super thankful for having such amazing people around me. People like Rachel Kinback who is a yoga instructor at Yoga Highlands and who provided me with a place to stay for that week. She is doing great things in life and I am happy for her. I also wanted to thank Vicky, Claude, Linder, Bower, Gavin for being such outstanding students and inspiring me through their attitude and visions during the three day workshop. I have selected a few of the images taken to during the workshop to highlight some of the activities we covered.
Day 1: The first day we covered photographing people in Black & White. The most important thing to remember is that value matters and to have an understanding of Shadows-Blacks, Midtones-Grays, and Highlights-Whites affect your image and the dialogue it creates with the viewer through it's subject. We also covered camera angle and explored the connection between viewer and the subject by dissecting a series of 30s, 40s, 50s B&W photographs in terms of the perspective and who it is presented to the audience. Finally we understood how warm or cool B&W images can be.
Day 2: The second day we covered photographing people in color by starting to understand how important it is to know our color wheel and the representation of color according to different cultures. We understood how the "whites" or "highlights" can have different shades and these are also important details for color photography. On this second day our beautiful model, Taylor, was able to stop by and pose for a couple of shots. Some of these shots were taken outside on a cloudy day. We were so lucky to have you Taylor!
Day 3: On the last day we took a more abstract/surreal approach to photographing people by exploring different ways to create this "conceptual or surreal look." We used different items to cover our models, purposely underexposed our models by placing them between the camera and a bright light and combining those in photoshop. We also made some collages in the morning with a portrait and different items. Our goal was to bring together the concepts learned in the previous days about color and black & white in a more experimental way. I was contempt and filled with wonder with what my students created.