On Location
Santa Fe

Altered Landscapes

with Elena Dorfman

July 1 – 5, 2024

  • Tuition $1895.00
  • Location and Materials Fee $245.00
  • Standard Deposit $400.00

Course Description

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 the computer and working by hand to physically alter and explore our images in new ways. Under the guidance of photographer 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 historical settings—taking “straight” photos and also using unconventional tools including prisms and gels. Afterward, you edit and refine your images in 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. For those who wish, the class also offers a hands-on approach, where a variety of materials and techniques including crumpling, sewing, gliding, and other mixed media can be applied to your images. Participating in both the digital and analog practices is encouraged. 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, students who wish to work digitally must already have a solid knowledge of Photoshop and experience working with multiple layers and masking techniques.  

For those who wish to alter their images by hand, it is not necessary to have experience working with mixed media, just a willingness to experiment.  

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.

Additional Information

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

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera; solid foundation in Photoshop skills and experience working with multiple layers and masking techniques. If you have any questions regarding required technical skills, please contact The Workshops before registering.

Activity Level:
To get the most from your workshop experience, participants should be in good physical (mobility, stamina) and mental health. Come prepared for the high elevation of Santa Fe, long days, and seasonal weather including high temperatures. You must be able to carry your own photographic and personal gear at all times, both on campus and on location. You are responsible for being open and honest about your physical fitness, and we reserve the right to remove you from the workshop if we find your fitness to be less than that which you have described.
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.
Policies:
Accommodations:

Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.

Meals:
Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations, and daily beverage service.
Categories
Creative Vision, Fine Art, Nature & Landscape, One-of-a-Kind
about
Elena Dorfman

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 »

Website: elenadorfman.com

Instagram: @dorfmanelena

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