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Recognizing Your Vision, Establishing Your Voice

This workshop is an opportunity to learn how to recognize your personal vision, and to begin to establish it into a totally unique photographic voice. Your photographic voice, or style, is based on recognizable commonalities. These commonalities are more than just your preferred subject matter, and in fact subject matter may not be the commonality at all. Let’s explore how to perceive and strengthen (or create) those commonalities in your work, and ultimately how to set your work apart from that of others.

Recognizing Your Vision: What is your inner voice - the one that you see with, take and manipulate pictures with? Are you speaking photographically through your unique and authentic voice? You will learn to recognize the threads that run through your work - how to seek them out, identify and then clarify them. By establishing a language that describes how you see and the pictures you take (or wish to take), you are able to direct your processes and ultimately the end result to visually communicate with consistency.

Establishing Your Voice: Now you will evolve, strengthen and grow your photographic vision into a refined photographic style. When you are able to integrate your inner voice to the external subject, you are able to produce images naturally infused with a very personal style. You will learn several tools to advance your work to becoming recognizably yours – reflective of You.

This four-hour seminar will include discussion, group and individual exercises, and explanation of plenty of tools to take with you that will ignite your vision and define your style. We will break for a 45-minute lunch half way. Be prepared: bring 15-20 of your favorite images (feel free to choose up to five by other Photographers, but only if you are able to credit the work with its author’s first and last name).  Class minimum: 8, maximum: 14.

All attendees will receive a free coupon to submit their work to  a future Darkroom Gallery juried exhibit.  We'll also be raffling off a set of Douglas Beasley Vision Quest Assignment Cards.

Polly Raine will be leading this workshop. Take a look at the comments from a prior iteration's attendees: http://www.meetup.com/DarkroomGallery/events/15907266/ With a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and eighteen years of combined experience in design and styling across fashion, fine arts, performance arts, special events, retail, interiors, graphics, advertising and publishing industries, Polly is the well-equipped to help you establish your unique photographic style. If you don't know Polly - you should:

 

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  • Greg B.

    This was a great workshop, artfully presented by Polly Raine. She articulated beautifully different ways of exploring ones creativity and keeping true to ones self.

    September 13, 2012

  • Timothy G.

    Excellent beyond my wildest expectations.

    September 13, 2012

  • Bill K.

    Now this is not your ordinary meeting, but it did look and act as one. Polly has a special talent and knowledge. She knows how to communicate. She listens. She adjusts her answers to match what a person is looking for. Polly taught us how to steer our vision with words, projections, and demonstrations. Each of us were one of her demonstrations. We were able to see what she was teaching by viewing our own work, and the work of others. She told us what to look for and how to spot it in the different works. We would find the strings of sameness, she would help us along as needed. At the end of each persons puzzle she would recap the way to that final vision. Thanks, Polly. You are a great teacher and a great person.

    September 10, 2012

  • claudia

    Excellent presentation and good feedback during critiques

    September 10, 2012

  • Ken S.

    Wonderful!

    September 10, 2012

  • Stewart M.

    Superior frm many perspectives. Superior Excellence, organization, presentation, knowledge, sharing, perspective, discussion, notes and hand outs, clarity, discussions, critiques. Do you get that I think it was more than just an art photography, dicussion? Life meaning, where am I and where am I going with what and how. Just to begin with. Also FUN and

    September 9, 2012

  • Glenn F.

    phenomenal. polly (the guru) has the ability to take photographers from where they are ad tailor suggestions to help them move to the next step. the take-home assignments and handouts are great too and will be used frequently. she is not only an accomplished fine artist-photographer but an awesome teacher too.

    September 9, 2012

  • Polly R.

    It was really wonderful to have each and every one of you with me yesterday. I loved it! The greatest gift for me is the learning I do from each of you. I look forward to seeing you again, hearing about your adventures in Photography and otherwise, and especially in witnessing the paths your work takes. And speaking of work...work hard, doing what you absolutely love, as much as possible... Thanks again!

    September 9, 2012

  • Paul D.

    Fantastic Polly! Let us know if you will do a longer workshop. If so, count me in.

    September 8, 2012

  • Don S.

    Awesome! Polly was great. Very easy to relate to. It was more like a therapy session than a boring old class. The thoughts and ideas applied to lots of other realms of life. I will definitely try to attend additional classes if offered by Polly.

    September 8, 2012

  • Stewart M.

    My art has 2 parts, photography and sculpting photographs and playing with empty space. I like both art forms but really get most of my sales from just plain photographs. What can I do to get more income from sculptured photography?

    September 7, 2012

  • Kim M.

    I am so sorry I will not be able to make this event tomorrow. I had a work event covered but have learned this person may or may not be back in town to run the event. So I need to be there...instead of with all of you.

    September 7, 2012

  • Glenn F.

    Polly has added a valuable fine artist's perspective to our meetups in the past. She currently has an exhibit in the Healthy Living Gallery. It is outstanding work.

    September 1, 2012

  • Denise J.

    I have had the good fortune to to have taken a workshop with Polly and I must say she is an excellent facilitator and gives you great take home information to keep your creative juices flowing for a long time.

    August 31, 2012

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