The Art of Seeing and Creating-2017


The Art of Seeing and Creating-2017

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Instructor: Bruce Barnbaum + Guest Lecturers

July 17 - 21, 2017

Workshop Fee: $875

Deposit amount: $150

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Top Photograph: Barnbaum -- Starfish, Cusco Marketplace, Peru

Most people think that all you need is a camera to be a photographer. But that's like thinking that all you need is a pencil to be a writer. It turns out that you need skills in seeing, observing, understanding light and using it to advantage, you need the technical skills of properly exposing and then printing the images to make your statement, and ultimately you need to be thinking creatively about your ultimate goals.

But what drives creativity? Why do some people create new and different ideas in their field, while most people just “go along to get along?” In this workshop we delve into questions like this to promote new thinking, new seeing, and new approaches to your photography.

Most workshops deal exclusively with the technical aspects of exposing and developing the final image. Today, most workshops center on methods of using Photoshop. This workshop deals with those issues, but goes into issues of creativity, as well. In fact, this workshop concentrates on seeing and creativity, which serve as the basis for Bruce’s new book, “The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity,” now available. At the workshop we can probe these issues in open dialogues with no time limits. No other workshop anywhere offers this opportunity. 

We ask why you are drawn to the subject matter you’ve chosen. How do you feel about it? What do you want to say about it? We view photography as an editorial commentary expressing your feelings not as a journalistic exercise reciting what you saw. How can you proceed from the scene before your eyes—a landscape, portrait, still life, street scene or any other chosen subject matter—to the most effective photographic image? 

We believe that the creativity involved in approaching this issues can be taught and can be learned. In this workshop we ask all participants to compile a list of books you've read that you feel have helped improve your own creative abilities. During the workshop we create a complete list of that bibliography to distribute to all students. In this way, we help one another. We also review each student's work brought to the workshop, discussing all aspects of the work, from the technical side to the aesthetic side to the emotional side to the creative side of the images presented. Bruce Barnbaum and guest lecturers show and discuss their own work, their thinking behind the imagery, their methods, and their materials…and they'll answer any and all questions you have about their work. There are no secrets.

This is an unusual workshop. It appears to be distinctly different from all other workshops presented elsewhere. Bruce serves as a facilitator, a student if you will, looking to improve his own creativity along with the other “students.” We recommend you sign up early, for spaces are limited.

Workshop Details: The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m., Monday morning, July 17, 2017, following breakfast prepared and served by Bruce’s lovely wife, Karen, at their home. We request all student to arrive the evening prior to the workshop, getting to meet one another, to join us for dessert, wine, some pleasant conversation and good vibes with the entire household, including their dogs. Breakfast will be served each morning at the same location. The workshop will end Friday, July 21, 2017 at about noon. In-between, there will be guest lecturers, thorough reviews of all participants’ work, viewing and complete discussion of Bruce’s work…all with an eye toward the creative and interpretive level of the work and ideas presented.

In addition to all this, we will ask all participants to bring a list of up to five books, videos or other publications, that you feel have helped you expand your creative and interpretive horizons. We will discuss these publications, and create a full bibliography for each participant to take home with you. The rest is up to you!  

Bruce Barnbaum is as widely respected for his photography as he is for his educational and art books. His “Essence of Photography” was awarded the best photo-eduction book of 2015 by German publishers and booksellers. He works traditionally in black and white; digitally in color.

If you have further questions, please contact Bruce through his personal email address——or phone him directly at (360) 691-4105.

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