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Capturing the character of the dramatic rock-bound coast of Maine is the dynamic subject of this new workshop. Led by esteemed photographer and teacher Sam Abell, a select group of photographers spend five days and nights intensely photographing the character—and the characters—of this famed coastline.
The emphasis throughout the week is on generating new work then building that work into meaningful photographic essays. This is accomplished by a vigorous agenda of guided field trips to locations rich in landscape values and human history.
Between outings, Sam conducts group and one-on-one sessions devoted to closely analyzing each participant's work. The result will be individually honed bodies of work that make the statement, 'This is the essential character of the coast of Maine.'
In addition to field work and critiques, Sam presents an overview of the Maine coast as seen by American artists, including excerpts and outtakes from his acclaimed National Geographic article on the life and work of Winslow Homer.
Home for this workshop week is the gracious and spacious Sebasco Harbor Resort (www.sebasco.com) on the Phippsburg peninsula jutting into Casco Bay. Only one hour north from Portland’s Jetport, Sebasco offers breathtaking water views on 550 acres. This stately resort offers newly renovated accommodations, two waterside restaurants, a comfortable classroom, an Olympic-sized saltwater pool, golf, tennis, and water sports activities, plus the Fairwinds Spa.
A stellar team supports Sam during this five-day immersive workshop experience, enabling him to focus solely on teaching. Reid Callanan, Santa Fe Workshops founder and Director, is onsite this week overseeing the support team and hosting a group dinner on Thursday evening at his family’s home overlooking Popham Beach. Photographer Kari Herer, Sam’s longtime teaching assistant and year-round Maine resident, supports Sam and the workshop participants. And Rick Berk, a photographer and resident of nearby Bath, is in charge of operational logistics and provides technical support for all hardware and software concerns.
This autumn, join Sam and his team at Sebasco for a memorable week exploring and discovering the character of the coast of Maine.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera.
This workshop begins on Sunday evening, September 25 with a group meeting at 4:30pm followed by dinner at Sebasco Harbor Resort, and ends with a group dinner on Friday evening, September 30. Departure is on Saturday morning, October 1.
Enrollment is limited to 12.
Special discounts on a variety of accommodations at Sebasco Harbor Resort are available to workshop participants. Details are provided once you are registered.
$2,995 includes tuition; opening and closing group dinners at Sebasco Harbor Resort, and a special dinner at Reid Callanan’s home overlooking Popham Beach; location fees; and a boat excursion. Transportation, lodging, and additional meals are extra.
Sam Abell is a gifted and insightful teacher, an expressive artist, and a sensitive photographer who learned photography from his father, Thad Abell. Sam worked for National Geographic as a contract and staff photographer, and also as a Photographer in Residence. In 1990, Sam’s work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York. Since then he has published three collections of his work: Seeing Gardens, Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, and The Life of a Photograph. In addition, Sam maintains a career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer on photography.
Get to know Sam in our Inspiration Series video »
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.