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 PHOTOGRAPHY 

FEB 17 - 20, 2021

ALISSA & JACOB HESSLER 

Barren Land: 

Explore and capture the stark and surreal beauty of the wild winter scapes of Maine

Tuition: $1,695

COURSE DESCRIPTION 

 

STAY INSPIRED. STAY ENGAGED. STAY CONNECTED. KEEP CREATING.

 

Sea smoke drifting up from the harbor, barren landscapes blanketed in snow, the blush glow of winter's late sunrises and early sunsets, empty beaches dotted with ochre hued seaweed, and frozen lakes making the previously inaccessible accessible. The winter landscape in Maine is a photographer's dream come true. Are you brave enough to battle the elements to create work few others attempt and/or are you looking to hide out in a beautiful, quiet place for a week and focus on a photo project you've been wanting to finish? This course is for you!

SCHEDULE 

 A maximum of 8 hours each day (daily shoots and class time). Shoot and class time are based on weather and light conditions. If the weather is sunny, sunrise and sunset shoot will be schedule. Sunrise is at approximately 6:20am and Sunset is approximately 5:15pm. 

 

SHOOT TIME

Students will have the opportunity to capture the unique barren beauty of Maine in winter. We ask attendees to be prepared for outdoor winter excursions. There will be time spent hiking and snowshoeing (if needed) at locations. Jacob will lead participants on daily outdoor shoots to his favorite winter locations. This is an adventurer course (or not, if you prefer...see below*).

CLASS TIME

Alissa will work with students in the studio to edit, sequence and polish their final work. Each student will receive informal review time throughout the week and group critiques will be scheduled throughout the week to review images captured. 

*Not interested in winter trekking but still would like to work with us? What better time to focus on completing a photography goal than hunkered down in our warm studio with the quiet snow falling outside? ​For those interested in working on a specific project and not interested in partaking in some or all of the outdoor shoots, Alissa will be anchored in-studio to assist on projects, including: updating or designing an online portfolio, compiling/finishing a body of work, developing a book project, etc.

THE WINTER LANDSCAPE

February 3rd - 7th, 2020

Hessler Studios in Camden, Maine

Sea smoke drifting up from the harbor, barren landscapes blanketed in snow, the blush glow of winter's late sunrises and early sunsets, empty beaches dotted with ochre hued seaweed, and frozen lakes making the previously inaccessible accessible. The winter landscape in Maine is an artist's dream come true. Are you brave enough to battle the elements to create work few others attempt and/or are you dying to hide out in a beautiful, quiet place for a week and focus on a photo project you've been wanting to finish? This course is for you!

HOURS

A maximum of 8 hours each day (daily shoots and class time). Shoot and class time are based on weather and light conditions. If the weather is sunny, sunrise and sunset shoot will be schedule. Sunrise is at approximately 6:20am and Sunset is approximately 5:15pm. 

CLASS SIZE

Maximum 8 students, minimum of 4

TUITION*

$1,200

*Accommodations and meals are not included. Camden has quite a few year-round accommodations at reduced winter rates and there are some great weeklong rental options on Airbnb. Please feel free to email us to help you find a place to stay. 

Thank you! We will contact you shortly to complete your registration!

SIGN ME UP!

 

We will send notification when the course reaches minimum enrollment and a Zoom link will be sent three days before the start of the workshop.

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 MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR 

ALISSA &

JACOB HESSLER

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Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Firesthe poetry chapbooks Matters of the Sea, One Today, and Boston Strong; a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey; and Boundaries, a collaboration with photographer Jacob Hessler. His latest book of poems, How to Love a Country (Beacon Press, 2019), both interrogates the American narrative, past and present, and celebrates the still unkept promise of its ideals. He has also authored the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey

 

Blanco’s many honors include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and two Maine Literary Awards. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s Fresh Air. The Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador in 2015. Blanco has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events such as the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana. Blanco teaches creative writing at Florida International University and at other learning institutions all over the world. He makes his home in Bethel, Maine with his partner.