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Provincetown Workshop 2011

Another recent workshop I had the honor of teaching at was the Photography Workshops at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. I’ve been a part of this workshop for the past 4 years, and every year has been an incredibly fun and fantastic experience.

For one thing, Provincetown is SUCH a cool place.

The Parade

The workshop was August 14th-19th, which happens to be one of the biggest weekends of the summer for this little town. On August 18th, we had the chance to see the town’s Gay Pride Parade, a truly outrageous, fun, and all around extravagant event. It was such a blast, you never knew what was next…

The Fine Arts Work Center

The Fine Arts Work Center is brimming with creative energy; everyone is inspired and excited to be participating. I had a wonderful time when one night, my class and Cathy Bowman’s poetry class got together over cookies and wine to discuss creativity and the creative process. We had some really excellent discussions on the idea that metaphors can be visual, and these “visual metaphors” can enhance and create new meaning. Some of my assignments take idea’s like these, where verbal language and visual art intertwine and overlap with one another. Cathy was also interested in these concepts, and was interested in transforming some of my photo assignments into verbal ones, encouraging her students to stretch the meaning of words. We were thrilled at the idea of doing a collaborative workshop, and hopefully some day we’ll have the opportunity. In the meantime, here’s a shot of Cathy at the parade:

The Students

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Proust

The students at Provincetown were, as usual, wonderful. They were so eager to explore the idea of “seeing with new eyes” and developing a more intuitive visual approach to photography. Encouraging process over product and intuition over reason, the assignments are admittedly challenging, but the students handled them brilliantly. Their work was simply outstanding, and I was more than impressed by the work they did:

Ann Falvey, “Spatial Relationships” assignment

Da Xu, “Ordinary as Extraordinary” assignment (it’s a folder).

Da Xu, “Ordinary as Extraordinary” assignment (it’s a folder).

Toby Taber, “Spatial Relationships” assignment

Tom Geyer, “Spacial Relationships” assignment

Margery Gans, “Light As Subject” assignment

Gina Campbell, “Spatial Relationships” assignment

Thank You!

I was thrilled to have such extraordinary students and to see them make such exceptional work. THANK YOU ALL for your hard work, dedication, and eagerness to learn! It was a joy working with all of you, and I hope you continue to expand your vision and explore the world without expectations or assumptions.

And of course, big thanks to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown! It was -as always- a pleasure to be teaching one of your workshops, and I look forward to being a part of the Summer Program again in the future!

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