Who are you? Self through Photographic Image, PARTS ONE/TWO

Who are you?  Growing/developing/analyzing/experimenting with/searching for/claiming/proclaiming/deconstructing/resurrecting... SELF, through Photographic Image.

This is a two-part workshop (1/27 and 2/10), to give you the time, inspiration, and motivation to work on "Self" between sessions!  Program fee of $75 covers BOTH sessions.  I encourage every Photographer to consider working with self-portraiture; if you take the leap, you'll benefit greatly from the experiences...

SESSION ONE description; 1/27, 9:30am-2pm: We will begin by reviewing work and experiences in this genre, of a handful of artists past and present, and including my own.  We'll discuss the qualities that we observe in successful self-portraits (portraits) from the viewer's point of view.  We'll break for a working lunch, inviting conversation about our own experiences with self-portraiture in the past and what we hope to get out of our work in future projects.  Following lunch, we'll examine the qualities of process and intent that help to build successful practices and outcomes, not forgetting  to survey the logistical and emotional challenges that are often inherent to the work.  I'll distribute and elaborate on a list of stepping-off points and possible assignments to help get you started, and we'll brainstorm together on your project(s) for the upcoming two weeks.  A handful of short exercises will complement the hands-on approach of the afternoon.

SESSION TWO description; 2/10, 1-4pm: We'll share our experiences and images from the previous two weeks in an informal, non-judgmental environment.  This will be our time to closely consider the processes and outcomes of our Self-portraiture projects.  Although it is not necessary that you share your work in Session Two, join us anyway for what will be an invaluable group discussion!  I will provide you with additional resources, and a plethora of ideas for your future work before we convene.

RSVP by January 20.  By RSVP'ing, you are signing up for both sessions.  Please do not "hold" a spot for yourself - RSVP only when you are sure!  A maximum of 16 and a minimum of 10 participants, required.  If we have not reached the minimum of 10 by January 10th, you will be notified of potential re-schedule dates.

BONUS!: The Gallery will be giving away a signed copy of the book You Look At Me Like An Emergency by Cig Harvey to one participant of this workshop!  Cig Harvey acted as Juror for the Gallery's most recent self-portrait exhibition, Id-The Object of Self. This is a truly inspirational photographic narrative, that includes some of Cig's most exquisite self-portraits.

Meet Polly Raine as she reviews our past self portrait exhibition: Id - The Object of Self
http://youtu.be/osHQJ7TYTtk?hd=1

See Cig Harvey's video here: http://vimeo.com/40190947

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  • Stewart M.

    Polly, the idea of getting the group together again in a couple of months sounds fabulous. You do such a great job leading and encouraging us to more fully express our selves and our artistic talents. One more growth experience sounds great.

    February 13, 2013

  • Carl R.

    Polly did an absolutely fantastic job of relating the depth and span of self-portraiture, both contemporary and historically...Her presentation and handouts were truly inspiring. This was an extremely deep to cover and she did a very thorough job... I teach my own photography workshops and I have to say that Polly is both an excellent instructor and a stimulating and inspiring "guide" to those who attend her workshop. This type of work is far different from what I normally shoot, but has inspired interest in a new subject matter for me and, I believe, will also benefit all of my shooting and processing work...Than you Polly...Carl

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Polly R.

    Such a fantastic group and wonderful work. Thank you all for your dedication, time, and energy...for sharing, and daring. You did great work (and it is hard work!). Congratulations, and I very much hope to see each of you again, with new image experiments and reports on your experiences. Let's get together in a couple of months!

    1 · February 13, 2013

    • Kim G.

      That would be absolutely awesome -- getting together in a couple of months that is! I found this so inspiring and the resulting discussion on my blog has gotten a lot of response, too.

      February 13, 2013

  • Tami Z.

    This was a great workshop! Polly was wonderful, special and kind in her approach to the subject matter. I would definitely go to another workshop with her! Thanks!!

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • Bill K.

    You have done it again! We have seen each other to the core. It was wonderful!

    February 12, 2013

  • Denise J.

    Polly is a most graceful teacher/guide who lead us gently and purposefully to the challenge of making a self-portrait. Giving us history and direction and at the same time making sure we knew we were free to approach this task as we wished....and we did. I came away from this with many of the questions I had answered and also the experience gave me a clearer direction of where I want to go. It was great to sharing and viewing all the participants work.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Gerald S. Davis, M.

    These 2 classes / discussions and the homework assignments were an excellent experience in self-portraits. It was informative and somewhat amazing to see the diversity of ways different participants approached "Who am I?", from traditional studio portraits to symbolic substitutes. Polly Raines did a terrific presenting a historical overview and then leading us through the constructive critiques or our work. This was a very good experience all around.

    February 11, 2013

  • Stewart M.

    It was an amazing workshop. A lovely and exciting dialogue,verbally and visually about the female and male self images, inequality, sensuality, personal and spiritual growth, self images, discovery, life, aging, caring and compassion. Art and photography definitely are important visual statements about what is and should be changing in global society today.

    February 11, 2013

  • Kim G.

    Absolutely loved this workshop and Polly's leadership. Hope she offers another event soon. I wish this one had been even longer.

    February 10, 2013

  • sidney e.

    revealing in a positive way. Polly is absolutely amazing!

    February 10, 2013

  • Tami Z.

    Polly was great!

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Deborah

    On the way to the workshop my car engine had troubles and I had to turn around and go back so it wouldn't die on the interstate. Sorry to have missed the workshop! :o(

    January 27, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Thanks for letting us know. We were wondering.

      January 27, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hi,
    It looks like there are a few spots left but it says the RSVP is closed. Can I still register? And if so, how? Thanks!

    January 25, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Yes I just opened it up to 5:00 today.

      January 25, 2013

  • David P.

    Sorry I have to back out... Hope you fill the spots!

    January 5, 2013

  • Gerald S. Davis, M.

    Thanks for changing the dates to 1/27 & 2/10 - they work much better for me! I'm looking forward to this event.

    1 · December 29, 2012

  • Stewart M.

    I am looking forward to anther valuable and positive exchange
    of images and ideas at the Dark Room Gallery and with Polly Raine.

    2 · December 29, 2012

  • Bill K.

    Thanks for changing the date!

    December 29, 2012

  • Carl R.

    Okay...I'm confused..I've RSVPd for this and Im listed as attending, but I haven't been asked to pay for it yet? 'Supwidat? Do I pay when I get there???

    December 18, 2012

  • Stewart M.

    The change in the schedule is fine with me.

    December 10, 2012

  • merle s.

    looking forward to this

    November 19, 2012

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