How do photographers develop a personal style? When – and how – can you as a photographer begin to establish a direction in your work? Perhaps most importantly, what makes a photograph become a “personal” statement? Through lots of image making, a blend of formal and field instruction and plenty of time for discussion and critique, we will work to uncover themes and lines of vision that may not have been previously evident to you.
And we’ll do those things in Tuscany!
There are few places on earth like Tuscany. Its landscape is the landscape painted by the great artists of the Renaissance. Its architecture is known for its sense of proportion, beauty and attention to minute detail. Tuscan people are distinctive, friendly and resilient. Its light is soft, enveloping and revealing. This experience will allow you to experience Tuscany’s remarkable culture, people, landscape and hill towns and work toward a personal photographic response to the Tuscan sense of place. I will push you to go beyond the picturesque and help you discover your own response to the texture, rhythm and spirit of Tuscany.
We will divide our photographic time between rural and urban locations and everything in between. Participants will meet up in Rome where our driver will pick us up and take us to our base for the week, our modern, air-conditoned hotel in the picture-perfect hill town of Pienza, making day trips to nearby Montepulciano, Montalcino, Siena and more. There will be big towns that hustle and bustle and villages so small that fewer than two dozen people reside there and time has stood still.
We’ll photograph churches set in remote landscapes and cathedrals perched on the highest point of hilltop towns. Twisting roads lined with cypress, endless fields dotted with the colors of wildflowers and gems of architecture will spread out before our cameras. You will meet – and photograph – Tuscan artisans who make wine, cheese and olive oil and learn about Tuscan art, culture and history. Some mornings, we’ll be up early to catch morning light; some evenings, dinner will wait while we catch the last rays of the sun. Our driver will get us to the right places at the right time for the right light.
Just one spot remains in this small, 7-person workshop.
In Search of the Personal: Photographing Southern Tuscany – June 11 to June 18, 2016
Land Cost: $4695
Questions? send Jeff an email or give a call at 630.202.3635