Divining the Personal: How to Bring Your Life to Your Projects
This class will cover strategies for using your emotions and experiences as a basis for a compelling photographic journey. Whether you shoot portraits of yourself or others, landscapes or still life’s, the most important item in your toolkit is your unique point of view. Learn how to translate your interior narratives and passions into concrete photographs, focusing on subject matter, composition, lighting and editing.
We are here to look for the beginning of the story. You don’t have to know the end. Writing exercises will help us discover the unanswered questions about your life that already exist. We will experiment and tailor approaches to each student on how best to shoot individual projects. This class will help you show your journey in a visual format that will in turn reveal your strengths and patterns as a photographer.
Friday night will consist of a lecture and an introduction to the process. Saturday will cover writing exercises and project inspiration, with students shooting based on the ideas generated. On Sunday, we will critique the work (as well as older work if desired) and develop action plans for future shooting and project placement.
- Generating ideas for projects
- Translating abstract concepts into physical photographs
- Developing a technical strategy for project shooting
- Choosing your own best photos
- Learning how to keep a project going
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Anyone who has an idea for a project but doesn’t know how to proceed. Anyone who feels stuck. Anyone who feels comfortable shooting in many different situations but doesn’t feel a personal connection to their own work. This workshop is open to all levels of photographers who are keen to grow their skill set.
*A Leica Camera is not required for this class. Students must have a basic or intermediate operational knowledge of their camera. An assortment of Leica Cameras will be available on loan to try out.
$599 – Register before the May 1st and save $100.
Friday – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday – 11:00am – 4:00pm
August 7th-9th, 2020
Leica Store Boston, MA
74 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116
Jennifer McClure is a fine art and documentary photographer based in New York City. She uses the camera to ask and answer questions. Her work is about solitude and a poignant, ambivalent yearning for connection. Jennifer was awarded CENTER’s Editor’s Choice by Susan White of Vanity Fair in 2013 and has been exhibited in numerous shows across the country. She was a 2017 Critical Mass finalist and twice received the Arthur Griffin Legacy Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography. She was a thesis reviewer and advisor for the Master’s Program at both the School of Visual Arts and New Hampshire Institute of Art. She also founded the Women’s Photo Alliance in 2015.
Her lectures include the School of Visual Arts i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration series, Fotofusion, FIT, NY Photo Salon and Columbia Teacher’s College. She has taught workshops at PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo, the Maine Media Workshops, and Fotofusion. Her work has been featured in publications such as GUP, The New Republic, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, L’Oeil de la Photographie, The Photo Review, Dwell, Adbusters, and PDN.