SFW On Location

A Portrait of Maine

with Reid Callanan

September 26 - October 1, 2021

  • Package Price $1575.00
  • Standard Deposit $300.00

Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.

COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2022, Santa Fe Workshops requires that all participants attending be fully vaccinated (per definition of the CDC) and provide proof of vaccination. This requirement applies to students, staff, and instructors.

Course Description

The beauty of Maine is such that you can't really see it clearly while you live there. But now that I've moved away, with each return it all becomes almost hallucinatory: the dark blue water, the rocky coast with occasional flashes of white sand, the jasper stone beaches along the coast, the fire and fir forests somehow vivid in their stillness. — Alexander Chee

Remove the lens caps from your eyes, pick up your camera, fully engage your senses, and join Reid Callanan this fall on the spectacular coast of Maine to discover a true sense of place through a creative photographic adventure.

Sebasco, Small Point, and Popham Beach are home base for the week, and the coast from Portland to Camden is our playground during this five-day workshop. Explore the backroads, sand beaches, fishing villages, waterways, revitalized small cities, along with the jewels and gems that Reid has uncovered since he first set eyes on this coastal region of Maine as a teenager. Join him and use the power of photography to reveal truths about a place—about Maine.

Photographing the coast’s unique landscape, light and color, architecture, history and culture, its people, and spontaneous moments all combine to create a unique portrait of Maine. Photographers at intermediate-level technical ability (iPhone users too) are welcome; for we are all—in some form—reaching for a higher level of seeing the world. To do so, we need to transcend our equipment and return to a childlike sense of wonder and observe the world around us with clarity and excitement.

Our days together are filled from first light to star-filled evenings. Classroom sessions include presentations on the important building blocks of image-making by looking at the icons and little-known photographers from the history of the medium, daily photographic assignments, image reviews, and group discussions. To further enrich our experience, Reid introduces you to a number of his favorite Maine artists who share their studios, sage advice, and creative insights. Making new images of coastal Maine to better understand and appreciate “place” fills the rest of our time together.

Our home for the week is the gracious and spacious Sebasco Harbor Resort. Only one hour north from Portland’s Jetport, Sebasco offers breathtaking ocean views on 550 acres. We enjoy all the resort has to offer including newly renovated accommodations, two waterside restaurants, a comfortable classroom, an Olympic-sized saltwater pool, and maybe even a visit to their Fairwinds Spa for quiet and stillness.

Join Reid and his community of Maine friends for a colorful autumn week traveling and photographing along the storied coastline.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Apple iPhone users with digital workflow knowledge are also welcome.

Special Notes:

This workshop begins on Sunday evening, September 26 with a group meeting at 6pm followed by dinner at Sebasco Harbor Resort, and ends with a group dinner on Friday evening, October 1. Departure is on Saturday morning, October 2.

Special discounts on a variety of accommodations at Sebasco Harbor Resort are available to workshop participants. Details are provided once you are registered.

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Package Price INFO:

$1,575 includes tuition; opening and closing group dinners at Sebasco Harbor Resort, and a special dinner at Reid’s home overlooking Popham Beach; location fees; and a boat excursion. Transportation, lodging, and additional meals are extra.

Creative Vision, Nature & Landscape, Portraiture, Storytelling, Travel Photography
© Nina Callanan
Reid Callanan

Reid Callanan is Founder and Director of the Santa Fe Workshops, currently in its 31st year offering photography and writing workshops to the international imaging community. In addition to workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico, there are also educational programs in Havana, Cuba and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

In 1994 Reid founded the non-profit Santa Fe Center for Photography, now known as CENTER, and is currently Vice- President of its Board of Directors. He serves on the President’s Council for Texas Photographic Society; on the Board for American Society of Media Photographers Foundation; and on the Advisory Board for Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion.

 Reid started photographing in 1974 during a semester abroad at Richmond College in London and has been making images ever since using a variety of photographic processes including silver halide, Polaroid imagery, and now digital capture. His photographic projects include a personal diary of images called HOMESCAPES, black-and-white portraits made in Cuba and Mexico, and most recently iPhone travel images posted to Instagram.

Website: reidcallanan.com

Instagram: @reidcallanan

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