This workshop offers a rare and unique opportunity to experiment with alternative approaches to landscape photography, both in the field and in post-production, using both the computer and working by hand to physically alter and explore our images in new ways. Under the guidance of photographer and video installation artist Elena Dorfman, we explore myriad ways to consider the landscape in relation to photography, delving into ideas and looking at examples that provide reference points for you to hone your own aesthetic.
We work on location in a variety of environments—natural formations, archeological sites, and historic settings—taking “straight” photos and also using unconventional tools including prisms, gels, and vintage lenses. Afterward, you edit and refine your images in Adobe Photoshop on your laptop computer. This process may incorporate layering or collaging with your own images as well as found elements, such as archival photos, text, graphics, and maps. Throughout, Elena leads individual and group discussions to support each participant in expressing their unique vision.
In order to get the most out of this workshop, participants must already have a solid knowledge of Photoshop and experience working with multiple layers and masking techniques. The focus of this class is to build upon your existing knowledge and expand your visual horizons and capabilities. This is not a class for learning Photoshop.
By challenging yourself to see landscapes differently, you find yourself contemplating your own relationship to the environment. Spend a week on a journey of exploration and inspiration as you capture and realize landscapes in new and surprising ways.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera; solid foundation in Photoshop skills, including layers and masks.
Please see the Portfolios section of the Registration Information for guidelines on submitting recent landscape images that also represent your experience working with multiple layers and masking techniques.
Elena Dorfman’s photographs and video installations have been exhibited in both the U.S. and worldwide at venues such as the Prada Foundation, Milan; Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the Triennale di Milano, Milan; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work is held in numerous collections, including the Denver Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, and Bass Art Museum. It is also the subject of three monographs: Empire Falling (2013), Fandomania: Characters & Cosplay (2007), and Still Lovers (2005).
A popular workshop instructor, Elena is also part of our Mentorship Program »