SFW Online

Fine-Art Self-Portraiture

with Manuela Thames

November 2 – 19, 2021

Tuesdays and Fridays; 9:30 -11:30 am (Mountain Time)

  • Tuition $595.00

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

Course Description

As human beings, we learn so much about each other and ourselves through storytelling. Joy, beauty, pain, and grief are common elements of our shared experience, but every individual story is different. How do you tell a personal photographic story using yourself as the subject?

With guidance from Manuela Thames, we dive into the history of the self-portaiture genre to discover why and how artists over the centuries have expressed themselves in this way for centuries. As you uncover the inspiration and vision behind compelling self-portraiture, you develop a cohesive series of your own, complete with artist statement.

From concept to final image, we examine all aspects of self-portraiture, including practical and technical tips for a successful session, use of props, staged and natural lighting, choice of clothing and location, and the effects created by different camera settings. Manuela shows you how to enhance your self-portraits with editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and we also explore the possibilities of mixed media.

Whether you already have experience with self-portraiture and want feedback and assistance with putting together a series or you're ready to embark on the first-time adventure of being both behind and in front of the camera, this workshop offers a safe space for stepping outside your comfort zone in the spirit of exploration, experimentation, and vulnerability.

Additional Information

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 -11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Tuesdays and Fridays starting November 2 and ending November 19 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.

Policies:

View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Categories
Fine Art, Portraiture
about
Manuela Thames

Manuela Thames is a photographic artist based in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she lives with her husband and two children. Born and raised in Germany, she moved to the US in 2004 after marrying her American husband. Shortly thereafter she began her photography journey after two life changing events happened within one year, the birth of her first son and the death of her brother.

Largely self-taught, Manuela uses various photographic techniques to explore themes around loss and grief, her personal experience with generational trauma, as well as the notions of belonging, connection and what it means to be human. Within that she continues to explore human ways of coping, the strength that evolves out of suffering and our common desire for healing and journey towards wholeness. Much of her work consists of black and white, conceptual self-portraits.

Manuela’s photography has been described as contemplative, evocative, dark, and cinematic and has been widely exhibited nationally as well as internationally. Her “Trauma” series won 1st place conceptual series of the year in the Monovisions Award in 2019, and in the same year she won the 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award in the Self-Portrait Category. In addition, her work has been published online and in print in such places as Black and White Magazine, Sun Magazine, Dohdo Magazine and Shots Magazine. 

Instagram: @manuelathames

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