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Maine Media Workshops 2013 Review


Last week ended another great week at the Maine Media Workshops.  As always, this was my favorite week of teaching throughout the year.  Maine is beautiful, the weather is gorgeous this time of year, the lobster is delicious, and the students the workshop attracts are always wonderful.

Our class!

This year, my class comprised of six motivated and responsive students who pushed me to push them to a new level, which I find brings out the best in me as a teacher.  We had very engaging and challenging discussions about originality, authentic seeing, and how to photograph such a popular and controversial subject as the human body.  We talked about the multitude of vulnerabilities for both the model and the photographer, and how to look beyond the “concept” of the figure to see it in a new way.  My students responded very quickly to the assignments, producing work that was outstanding and it was nothing short of impressive to see how far everyone had progressed in just one week.

Every year at Maine Media, the week ends with a closing celebration featuring the best videos and slides of the work all of the classes produced.  I was so proud and delighted with my students work, and I’m happy to share some of the work featured in the Friday slide show here:

Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Amber Laurent

Amber Laurent

Charlie Lemay

Charlie Lemay

Charlie Lemay

Enrique Monasterio

Enrique Monasterio

Ruth Steinberg

Ruth Steinberg

Harry Umen

Harry Umen

This year was the 40th anniversary of the Maine Media Workshops, reminding me that I’d been there for the 20th and 30th as well.  Through all these years I look forward to this workshop with excitement and anticipation, and I can’t wait to see what the 50th anniversary will bring!

Thanks to the folks at MMW for all the beautiful memories and for keeping me around year after year, and a very special thank you to my class!  You were all truly wonderful to work with and I can’t wait to see more of your work in the future!


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