Rick's shot of the Grand Tetons at a workshop. This is shot from a spot where no one else wanted, or was willing to go.

Rick's shot of the Grand Tetons at a workshop. This is shot from a spot where no one else wanted, or was willing to go.

 

It all started when...

Rick and Bill attended a couple of workshops to see if they could add some new tools to their photographic tool box. Some ran great and were valuable learning experiences while others were lacking. Too many people captured the same image. Instructors who lacked enthusiasm or just hung out amongst themselves. Too much time editing for reviews and not enough time enjoying the place, the culture, or the fellow participants. 

They started thinking they could offer a workshop and make it great by focusing on the participants. A small nimble workshop dedicated to learning the ways to make photos vs taking photos.

The first thing they agreed upon was it had to be in a pretty awesome spot. The next thing was having local knowledge of that spot so participants could maximize their photo opportunities. It also had to have great food and atmosphere.

Rick and Bill wanted to offer something new. Not the same old rule of thirds, here's how you use Lightroom, upload to the server, two hours in a classroom type of thing. Rick and Bill are the guys out shooting before the workshop day started and then running off to be the last ones back to the hotel at night. Sitting on a computer took away from the time images could be captured or they could be learning from other participants.

That was the ah-ha moment, "Lets look at this from the participants perspective."  A lot of photographers pick up a camera so they can express themselves. They may not have a lot of artistic talent in regards to drawing, painting or design. So, what if we had an artist involved to bring that piece of the puzzle to a workshop? It would be different. Learning new approaches to seeing by blending art and photography.

Many great photographers started out as artists. Cartier Bresson, Art Wolf, Annie Leibovitz, W. Eugene Smith and Paul Strand to name a few. Let's have an artist's point of view on subjects, locations, light, scale, patterns and balance. Look at the photograph as it relates to art, painting, sculpture, architecture, and the influences those disciplines have on how we perceive an image. Meeting Gloria Bordi just put all the ducks in a row, ticked all the boxes, put the bacon in the biscuit. 

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