"ART WITHOUT EMOTION IS DECORATION"

 

" Photography is painting with light! The blurs, the spots, those are the errors! But the errors are part of it; they give it poetry and turn it into painting. And for that you need as bad a camera as possible! If you want to be famous, you have to do what ever you're doing worse than anyone else in the whole world."

That is one of my favorite quotes by Czech photographer Miroslav Tichy.

 

The approach that I take with my photography is "Jen Tak" or it just happens.  Photograph everything that interests you whether the lighting is right or not. Use the camera as a sketchbook and then turn these sketches into something that moves you. Think about elements, foreground, background, texture, sky, and main subject. Then you must be organized to be able to find all these images. Get into the habit of creating something every day!  

While teaching these workshops I will follow the Pareto's Principal of 80/20, which dictates that 80% of the results in any endeavor come from 20% of the input, material, or effort. Modern photography is so complex and technical, to master it can take a lifetime. Besides that, it is changing so fast that it's hard to keep up with the technology. However, I hope that by focusing on the participants goals and objectives, we can find that 20% that will help you on the path towards reaching your goals.

I am currently offering 4 different workshops. In "Jen Tak" we will focus (or not) on learning to use the camera as a sketchbook by building up an image library of things that interest you. There is also the workshop I call "Mojo" which will concentrate on things you can do to make an image come alive. There will be an extended workshop that combines both of the previously mentioned. Finally, the "Encaustic Wax Prints"  workshop in which I will show you all that I know about the techniques of finishing your prints with a wax coating to give the print texture and depth as well as a protective coat.

We offer private lessons (preferred), at $50/hr .  Private lessons can be set up to accommodate your schedule whether it is 1-2 hrs weekly, or a full day workshop. Group workshops of 2 to 4 people can also be arranged. Group workshops are usually 1 or 2 days from 10am - 5pm at $200 per person per day.