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Seeing Light
with Carlan Tapp
July 17 - July 23, 2011

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Light reveals warmth, mood, place, time, and spirit. It separates, simplifies, and creates spatial relationships. Light forms the frame of reference for photographs. It speaks many languages, and presents many views. The highest aspiration of the photographer is to translate all of these elements of light, and allow viewers to see as they have never seen before.

This workshop is about slowing down, looking at the light, and thinking about what it is we want to say through our photographs. Whether our focus is on portraits, still life, or landscapes, we learn to adopt an open mind and a willingness to explore and experiment with light. We take the ordinary and allow ourselves to capture the extraordinary by reacting, interpreting, and expressing ourselves with our cameras.

Daily assignments in and around Santa Fe encourage participants to venture beyond their normal comfort zone. Our workshop schedule includes time alone contemplating light and working with it, as well as time spent together discussing the work and what it reveals. Discussions, daily image reviews, and assignments fill our days, as we perceive, frame, and translate light into photographs that reveal so much more than the sum of their individual elements.


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