A number of weeks ago, I posted images from some of my group workshops.
(By the way, we just had a cancellation for our next workshop, March 3rd-5th, so there is one open seat!)
Today, I’m posting images that were shot by students who attended One-on-One (or Two-on-One) workshops.
In individual workshops, there is a little bit more time to spend on slightly more complex images, as there is only one student. Alternatively, instead of shooting more complex images, we sometimes are able to shoot two or even three simpler images.
I really love teaching groups of students, but there is something nice about a One-on-One workshop. There is more of a back-and-forth, resulting in a workshop that is a bit more conversational and can be tailored towards that individual, in terms of material.
As I’ve mentioned before, because my prop collection is limited (although it is extensive), there is often a repetition of props throughout the images. That said, I’m always excited to see the compositions that my students come up with!
The workshop is not about making a masterpiece, but is designed to teach a process and a way of thinking about light. I believe that my “Sculpting with Light” process is very transformative, and the images of ordinary objects shot by my students is a testament to that.
Due to the fact that Chris Jewett of Stevensville, Maryland, had taken a group workshop in the past, he was able to create two images this time around. He also brought along something to photograph, a very interesting antique “Physician’s Field Microscope”. This was used by physicians in very rural areas, or possibly during wartime. With this instrument, a doctor could examine tissues, etc., for an immediate analysis. It’s a beautiful piece, and Chris made a beautiful photograph of it. For his second image, Chris wanted to explore a more “painterly” subject, more along the lines of a classical still life. Well done, Chris!
Cindy Hartman of Hughesville, Maryland, had also attended a group workshop in the past. She also created two beautiful photographs. I just love the image with the three pears, a classically beautiful still life, which Cindy composed so well. The other image by Cindy is of a lovely (and quite small) vase, along with a vintage necklace. Very nice work, Cindy!
Canice Dunphy, who travelled from Gowna, Ireland for a second workshop, brought along a Buddha figure that he had purchased in Nepal. Canice decided to take an extra day with his workshop, so we were able to create a second image, this time of a vintage sewing machine in my prop collection. This was a very complex subject, something we would not be able to shoot in a group workshop environment. Canice did a fantastic job on both images!
Lennie Higgins, of Littleton, Colorado, created a very interesting composition of (seemingly) unrelated subjects. The two objects on the left came from the ocean (the “vertebrae” is actually a piece of machinery (probably a very old boat engine) that I found in the surf in Maine) and the object on the right is a hip implant. I think they work well together. Very nice image, Lennie!
Davey Rudy of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, included in his composition a level and a wrench that his grandfather owned, along with a few things from my prop collection. These tools are worn from of years of use, and I believe that, in some way, they hold the spirit of the person that used them. It’s always nice to share in the experience of someone photographing objects that have a personal meaning. Lighting metal can be a bit challenging, and almost everything in this image is metallic, but Davey rose to the challenge!
Deb Ehrens, of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, makes beautiful images of leaves in water. I am also drawn to the beauty of leaves, and I have several in my “collection”. Well, Deb saw this one on our prop shelf, and so she decided to include it. As a matter of fact, the wood, acorns and pine cone were all found in our yard. Once again, beauty is all around us if we just take the time to look. Deb also wanted the challenge of learning to light glass and metal. Great job, Deb!
Debbie Harris, of Frederick, Maryland, brought this beautiful teapot which was made by her son. As you may know, Vera and I collect teapots, so it was wonderful to see this one, and working with Debbie to photograph it was even more special because it has a very deep sentimental meaning to her. Also, Debbie raises ducks, and brought along a dozen or so duck eggs (and some feathers!). To give the reader a sense of scale, these eggs are roughly 30% larger than chicken eggs! One thing that Debbie taught me was that these eggs, like fresh chicken eggs, don’t need refrigeration, and will be good for 3 weeks or so. I felt honored to work with Debbie on an image that means so much to her.
The images load onto this page in random order… each time you refresh the page, the order and sizing will be different. I think it’s kind of fun to see the random juxtapositions.
All images from students over the years are HERE.
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