Seeing the Everyday with Stella Johnson – May 2nd – 23rd, 2021 – Online
Join documentary photographer Stella Johnson for this four-week “Learning to See” workshop and re-calibrate your ability to find pictures, develop photographic projects and find the extraordinary in everyday moments.
These are unprecedented times. Some of us are confined to our homes, while others can go outside and socially distance. For many, what we photograph will be different from how we were photographing in the past. It has been for Stella; “I am seeing the world in a new way, photographing the light in my home and following the light. I am seeing inward, looking at my everyday, in new ways.”
During group sessions, Stella will share how she has adapted her approach to making images over the last several months. Each session will combine a lecture and a critique of the student’s photographs. We will look at light, composition, filling the frame, watching our edges, and talk about moments, which could be a gesture, the way the light strikes, or the look of an eye. We will discuss making images with depth, both visually, via layering, and with content.
- Seeing and using light
- Creating depth in the photograph
- Learning to wait for moments
- Seeing the ordinary in a different way
- Adapting to our new circumstances
Stella will help you photograph the visual cacophony of daily life around you wherever you are, by making dynamic compositions that explode with light, shadow, and color. Our goal will be to increase your visual and narrative capacities as we investigate life in this time of social distancing and isolation.
The class will meet from 10am – 1:00pm EDT for four consecutive Sundays. The program will include four group sessions and one personal review with Stella. Time to be determined.
Sunday – May 2nd — 10:00a.m.-1p.m.
Sunday – May 9th — 10:00a.m.-1p.m.
Sunday – May 16st — 10:00a.m.-1p.m.
Sunday – May 23rd — 10:00a.m.-1p.m.
Who should take this workshop?
This class is open to anyone interested in better understanding light, moment, and composition in pursuit of making the ordinary moment or thing extraordinary. Participants should have an understanding of the basics of photography and be comfortable with focusing and metering. Attendance is strictly limited to 10 students max, so be sure to sign up at your earliest opportunity. Owning a Leica camera is NOT required to take part.
Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006 and in Colombia in 2018.
The University of Maine Press published her first monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua in 2008. ZOI, her second monograph, was published in 2018 by Wild Greek Press.
A dedicated educator, Johnson holds teaching positions at Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design. She also teaches workshops in Greece, Cuba, Colombia and Mexico. Johnson holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MS in Journalism from Boston University.
Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally. Her work is held in public collections including The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography, among others.
She was a 2018 and 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, twice, and a nominee for the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship. Johnson’s work has received numerous honors including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and Julia Margaret Cameron Award.
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