On Location
Freeport, Maine

A Portrait of Coastal Maine

with Reid Callanan

October 27 – 31, 2024

Location: Freeport, Maine
  • Package Price $1795.00
  • Standard Deposit $400.00

Course Description

Maine: The Way Life Should Be is the state’s marketing slogan. In this romanticized view—rural, salt-of-the-earth people, tightlipped, taciturn, yet humble folk—live in harmony with their inner natures and the rugged outer beauty of their land. A place where you can establish your life’s course and where you set your own boundaries. Welcome to “the way life should be,” at least from a State of Maine marketing perspective. This workshop with Reid Callanan, long-time Maine resident and Director of Santa Fe Workshops, examines the myth and the reality of the state of Maine from the eye of a visual artist’s perspective. Together, we discover a true sense of place through a creative photographic adventure.

The dramatic coast from Portland through Harpswell to Popham is our playground during this workshop. Explore the backroads, sand beaches, fishing villages, waterways, and 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. The small village of Freeport is our home for the week. It’s also the home of LL Bean’s retail empire, which in itself is an interesting myth builder. 

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 with 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. Making new images of coastal Maine to better understand and appreciate “place” fills the rest of our time together.

The historic and gracious Harraseeket Inn is our home base for the week. Only thirty minutes north of Portland’s Jetport, the Inn offers comfortable accommodations, meals, and a great classroom space. Rick Berk, a photographer and resident of nearby Bath, is in charge of logistics and provides technical support for all cameras, lenses, and software concerns. Rick is also an instructor at Santa Fe Workshops, and he and Reid have worked closely together for several years. 

Travel and photograph the fabled coastline during a colorful autumn week with Reid and Rick as your guides and benefit from their knowledge and long history with the state of Maine.

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 afternoon, October 27 with a group meeting at 4 pm followed by dinner at Reid’s home in Portland, and ends with a group dinner on Thursday evening, October 31. Departure is on Friday morning, November 1.

Activity Level:
Participants should be able to engage in moderate outdoor exercise for up to an hour or more at a time including off-trail walking on uneven terrain including sand, dirt, and loose rock. Location work is likely to include early morning and/or late evening shoots.

Special discounts on a variety of accommodations at Harraseeket Inn (harraseeketinn.com) are available to workshop participants. Details are provided once you are registered.  

Package Price INFO:

$1795, includes tuition; opening and closing group dinners; location fees; and a boat excursion (weather permitting). Transportation, lodging, and additional meals are extra.

Nature & Landscape, One-of-a-Kind, Pop-Ups, Travel Photography
© Christopher Michel
Reid Callanan

Reid Callanan is Founder and Director of the Santa Fe Workshops. In addition to his responsibilities leading The Workshops for the past 32 years, Reid is also an accomplished photographer who welcomes the opportunity to teach workshops whenever he can.

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.

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 of the 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.

Website: reidcallanan.com

Instagram: @reidcallanan

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