»Spotlight on Our Cuba Team: Elizabeth Opalenik
© Elizabeth Opalenik
Elizabeth Opalenik, one of the lead photographers with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops’ Cuba Program, has a passion for photographing dance as well as the “unique and authentic,” which has made Cuba a perfect fit for her talents. We talked with Elizabeth about her experiences so far. (You can read the full interview in our A Priority blog post.)
Q. As a photographer, you focus on dance. How did that play out in Cuba?
A. I love working with dance, the feeling, the movement of it. And Cubans love to move! The dancers [there] work under extreme conditions, working out in the streets, in little plazas. Dance is made accessible for everybody in Cuba. I love that. I went to a ballet school for young children and it was packed! All shapes and sizes, and everyone was so happy. On weekends you always see dance events happening in the street. People get out to enjoy it—adults, kids, teenagers with red lipstick and flowers in their hair, running to do a performance. It’s so exhilarating to watch them and be a part of that, to be part of more intimate moments rather than just being in an audience.
Join Elizabeth and The Workshops Cuba Team for Dance in Cuba, January 28-February 5, 2014, and discover for yourself all the magic, mystery, and joy of Cuba.
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»Look No Further: BACKYARD Photo Contest
As photographers, the world is your backyard, and our BACKYARD contest gives you this broad theme to make your own. What do you see as your backyard? The classic green lawn with sprinklers? The alleys and streets of your neighborhood or city? Or perhaps it’s the water’s edge, rolling fields, or towering skyscrapers? Wherever it is, it’s familiar, yet rich with discoveries and stories. This is your opportunity to share your impressions of your corner of the world, in color or in black-and-white, using tools that range from digital and film cameras to alternative processes, to iPhones.
Join our international community of photographers and share your images with our distinguished judges. The prizes are outstanding, the 50 winning images are featured in The Workshops online gallery, and the four winning images will be printed on the Epson printers in our state-of-the art digital lab and displayed in our on-campus Epson Gallery.
What are you waiting for? Just step out into your own backyard, and enter today! The deadline for BACKYARD is November 19, 2013.
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»New York: Shoot NYC & PhotoPlus Expo
© Paul Mobley
© David Johnson
Next week we’re in New York, so keep your eyes peeled for us at PhotoPlus Expo (no booth, but we’ll be walking the show) and visit with us at Shoot NYC. We’re sponsoring seminars at both of these dynamic events. Register soon, before they’re sold out! October in New York is all about photography and community, and we look forward to seeing many of you there.
Thursday, October 24
Capturing the Soul of Your Subject
with Paul Mobley
A gifted storyteller and skilled technician, Paul discusses the stories behind his images, shares his lighting techniques and provides insight on what it takes to make an impactful and compelling portrait.
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Friday, October 25
The 5-Minute Portrait
with David Johnson
Any photo assignment, regardless of limitations, has the potential to be a great one. As David knows so well: to get the most out of any assignment, you simply need to have a greater understanding of the possible challenges it might present.
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»Discover the Undiscovered: Granada, Nicaragua
© Carlan Tapp
Longtime instructor Carlan Tapp is leading a journey to Granada in February, 2014, and he has crafted an experience that offers you an authentic cultural experience, one that will not only transform your photography but will also make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
Granada: Crown Jewel of Nicaragua
with Carlan Tapp, Morgan Smith, and Susan Boe
February 15-22, 2014
The New York Times describes Granada as “a city seemingly outside time…quietly emerging as the center of a Nicaraguan renaissance.” The Times also rated Nicaragua number 3 out of 46 destinations to go in 2013, saying of Nicaragua: "It's eco. And the food is good. Enough said." Read the full article here.
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