THE WORKSHOPS of HOWE HILL FARM
Produced by: Hessler Creative & Urban Exodus
OCT 17th - Nov 7th
Visual Fluency & the Photographer's Tool Kit
Learn how production can be used to elevate your practice, explore different ways of seeing, and establish what makes a successful image.
STAY INSPIRED. STAY ENGAGED. STAY CONNECTED. KEEP CREATING.
This reflective and pragmatic workshop invites you to practice different ways of seeing, challenge your approach to photography, and discover the motivation behind your work. Built around weekly meetings, one-on-one support, and engaging assignments, this workshop is a practical work-out for photographers who are either looking to expand upon a current project, or start a new body of work. Designed to bring greater depth into your approach as an image maker, students will be invited to a comprehensive study of what makes a successful image, breaking down the work of established photographers, and expanding their visual literacy. Lessons to be translated within their own practices. Pairing visual fluency with a photographer's tool kit, students will learn the fundamentals of production, brainstorm creative solutions for practical constraints, and together navigate the space between ideation and execution. Students will develop, execute, and present their ideas for both group and one-on-one critique. At the core of this workshop is a desire to understand the motivation behind your work, and to discover simple ways you can elevate your practice. These are skills to keep in your back pocket as you continue to evolve your own visual language.
WEEK 1: DISCOVERY (visual fluency)
• Introduction and background
• Critique; visual introduction of work from students past portfolios
• Lecture; photography as visual language, introducing artists who have a distinct vision, breaking down a successful image (light, color, composition, subject matter, meaning), exploring the difference between the single frame and a series, establishing boundaries without our own practice
• 10-minute writing assignment (establishing personal goals, what students are looking to achieve)
• 15-minute writing assignment (establishing personal experience, what students are living through)
• Research assignment (establishing visual taste and preferences) • Shooting Assignment (camera work designed to reinforce different elements of successful images)
WEEK 2: PRODUCTION (PHOTOGRAPHER'S TOOL KIT)
• Critique; students to share images from the shooting assignment. Example of how personal language defines visual language, same prompts produce different results.
• Lecture; idea vs ideation, introducing a comprehensive breakdown of the fundamentals of planning a photography shoot, irrespective of budget or size, how planning can help fuel inspiration, how fluency builds confidence, how constraints create freedom, how magic comes from flexibility.
• 15-minute writing assignment (breaking down practical and conceptual project constraints)
• 10-minute writing assignment (mind map of idea, color code it for extra points)
• Research assignment (making inspiration boards that illustrate direction)
• Shooting Assignment (test your direction, use the tools from last week’s assignment to illustrate your idea)
WEEK 3: APPLICATION
• Critique; students to share images from the shooting assignment. Example of how successful and unsuccessful images can be achieved from this process. Reminder that the integrity of the image, and the integrity of the message will always be more important than following the script.
• Lecture; successful images, looking at the transition from idea to ideation, understanding the relationship between content and form, discuss the practice of introspective voyeurism, finding your voice, and developing your personal visual identity
• Closing statements, Q&A's
• 15-minute writing assignment (artists statements)
• Prepare for one-on-one session, images you would like me to look at, future goals, photographic ambitions, and how I can best support you
WEEK 4: OPTIONAL STUDENT ONE-ON-ONES
Individual 20-minute critiques with any student who is interested. Discuss portfolio, strengths & weaknesses, and future goals.
*There will be some flexibility to the course structure based upon the needs and prior skills of the students enrolled.
Class will meet every Saturday at noon (12:00pm Eastern Time) - October 17th, October 24th, and October 31st. Each weekly group session will run roughly 2-3 hours, depending on lecture, discussion and critique times. One-on-ones with Madeleine will be scheduled on Saturday, November 7th. One-on-one sessions are 20-minutes long and are optional but encouraged.
This workshop is designed for photographers of all skill levels who are interested elevating their practice and imagery. 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 Saturday at 12:00pm (Eastern Time) from October 17th until October 31st (3 sessions). Sessions will run roughly 2 - 3 hours, depending on lecture, discussion and critique times. One-on-one sessions with Madeleine will be scheduled on Saturday, November 7th and will be 20-minutes in duration.
A maximum of 14 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)
*Howe Hill Farm is committed to making its classes available to the broadest possible audience and is pleased to be able to offer financial assistance to make our programming available to more people. To apply for a tuition assistance, please visit our scholarship page for more information.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Madeleine Morlet is a photographer from London. She studied Classics and English at King's College London. For almost a decade Morlet worked in video production for companies such as Ridley Scott Associates, Vice, i-D and Somesuch. Her photography is cinematic, dark and deeply romantic (Romantics are often failed classicists). Madeleine is the Features Editor for Teeth Magazine and teaches photography in schools and institutions, including Maine Media Workshops.
Morlet's first solo exhibition, I Promise I'll Never Forget, debuted at Dowling Walsh Gallery in September of 2019. The series has been been awarded the 14th Pollux Award, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award, honorable mention for the 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Lucie Foundation Photo Made Scholarship, Ellis-Beaugaurd Studio Residency, and Morlet has been shortlisted for the Lucie Scholarship Chroma X Luxe, Belfast Photo Festival and Felix Schoeller Photo Awards. She lives in Rockport, Maine with her husband and young child.