Over many years, self-portraiture has become its own distinct genre of art through various
mediums, mainly through paintings, sculpture, and photography. As we look at the history of
self-portraiture and various artists, we uncover the inspiration, motivation, and vision behind
self-portraiture. Why has it become such an important part of the artist’s creative practice?
How do we face certain fears of taking self-portraits? What are important differences between
the popular selfie and a fine art self-portrait?
While exploring the answers to these questions, fine-art photographer Manuela Thames guides
you through the many creative aspects of compelling self-portraiture from concept to the final
image. She includes practical and technical tips for a successful session, lighting, focus, props,
location, and camera settings. In addition, Manuela shares the meaning and importance of
cohesion in a fine-art series and writing an artist statement.
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.
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.
Class will meet 9:30 -11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Tuesdays and Fridays starting November 29 and ending December 16 (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.
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.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for two weeks after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after two weeks to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Manuela Thames is a fine-art photographer residing in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her family. Born and raised in Germany, she moved to the US in 2004 and shortly thereafter began her journey with photography.
Her fine artwork consists largely of black and white, conceptual self-portraits as she aims to explore the brokenness of humanity, the struggles of loss and grief and her personal experiences with generational trauma. Within that she continues to explore human ways of coping, the strength that evolves out of suffering and our common desire for healing and journeys toward wholeness.
Her 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 and Shots Magazine.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.