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Produced by: Hessler Creative & Urban Exodus


FALL 2020


Proof of Process:

Commit to a long term photography project, gain access to your innate creative source, and rise above the noise




Class will meet every Thursday evening at 6:15pm (Eastern Time) - on July 9th, July 16th and July 23rd. Each weekly group session will run roughly 1.5-3.5 hours, depending on lecture, discussion and critique times. One-on-ones will be scheduled on Thursday, July 30th. One-on-one sessions are 15-minutes long. 




Many aspects of our current sharing model promote instant gratification by providing immediate approval or discouraging rejection of your work. This competitive environment produces a desire to stay relevant, where the sensational is celebrated, and fresh ideas are distilled until they become cliche. In an effort to entertain an audience, one can unknowingly abandon individuality for the security of conformity.

How do we nurture or even determine our unique offerings against the rapid pace of content creation and an overwhelming amount of visual noise? What might happen if you didn’t share your work instantly, and how might committing to the process of crafting a collection of photographs inform you as an artist?

This workshop is for photographers of all skill levels who would like to build a place of refuge for themselves and expand within their practice. By committing to self-imposed conditions you will learn how to enhance your tendencies and trust your own instincts. We will discuss the unique places your work can explore, and the benefits of this approach within your specific practice. We will talk about how to conceptualize and execute a personal project, what to expect along the way, and how by using the power of purpose you can embrace the unknown with resilience.

We will determine what personal mysteries are worth examining and explore what types of projects will motivate you to stick it out. I will share how I find, organize, and use inspiration, and my techniques for photographing strangers. I will walk you through how I approach my own projects, step-by-step, and what types of gear and techniques are appropriate to capture your concept.


Finally, we will walk through how to edit and sequence your images in the ultimate realization of your completed expression. You will come away from the course with a substantial comprehension of the processes and potentials of committing to your own self discovery and the benefits of that pursuit.  

WEEK ONE:DEFining the process
• Historical Inventory

• Personal Story
• Benefits Package
• Expectations
• Embracing Purpose

WEEK TWO: pursuing your mission

• Ideation on potential projects
• Developing a clear mission statement
• Perimeters and Structure
• Commitment and Conviction
• Gearing Up
• Experimentation and Instinct
• Synchronicity and Learning to Listen • Candid techniques
• Connecting with strangers

WEEK THREE: Refining and completing your expression

• Finishing Tools

• Sequencing
• Storytelling
• Editing

• Completed Expression
• Expectations upon 


In our final week, I will be meeting with each student for one-on-ones. These one-on-one sessions can be used to review your portfolio, your project, or to discussing any individual needs or questions you have about your work and goals.



Watch this brief video where Joshua describes his interactive virtual course.


Skill level

This workshop is designed for photographers of all skill levels who are interested in pursuing or advancing their technical skills and/or their career in photography. Sessions will be hosted on Zoom. Once you have completed registration we will send you your Zoom login information for the course. You do not need to download Zoom to participate on a desktop or laptop computer. You do need to download the Zoom app if accessing from a phone or tablet.


Weekly sessions will be hosted on Zoom every Thursday evening at 6:15pm (Eastern Time) from July 9th until July 23rd (3 sessions). Sessions will run roughly 1.5 - 3.5 hours, depending on lecture, discussion and critique times. One-on-one sessions with Joshua will be scheduled on July 30th and each will be 15-minutes in duration. 


A maximum of 20 students, and a minimum of 6* 


*The workshop will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met within 7 days of the workshop start. If cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered students. 


$370*per person (+$15 processing fee)

*10% of the proceeds of this workshop will be donated to New York Cares



Click the pink registration button to pay your tuition via credit card or Paypal. You will receive an email with your course specifics after registration.


Erin Little is a sought-after interior and environmental portrait photographer who specializes in capturing the beauty in the ordinary. She works with numerous brands and businesses, including campaign work for Airbnb, Apple, Ace & Jig, Kohler, and Yakima.


Her editorial assignments have been published in print and online publications, including the New York Times, GQ, Dwell, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Food & Wine, Remodelista, Apartment Therapy and Domino Magazine. She lives in Portland, Maine.


Joshua allen harris

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Hello, my name is Joshua.

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to New York in 2004. I received a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts, where I studied painting and sculpture. 

In 2008 I noticed some floating trash and the Air Bear project was born. From Sesame Street to Istanbul these inflatable sculptures caught the attention of a global audience. I had the honor of creating a PSA with Fight Global Warming which is now part of the permanent collection at the MOMA.

Throughout my career I’ve consulted as a wardrobe stylist for major retailers working from concept through campaign. Outfitting for brands like J Crew, American Eagle, Under Armour and the New York Times. In 2012, photography became my primary expression. Making images has allowed me to integrate all of my creative interests and I have enjoyed pursuing both commercial and personal projects. I now create content for clients like Apple, Google, Nike, Vogue and Lincoln Motor Company.

I love making photographs and collaborating with fun creative people. I believe the connections we make and the time we spend together are embedded in the pictures. It’s a privilege capturing the human experience and I hope that comes through in my work.

I live with my wife Cameron in Bushwick, Brooklyn.