On Location
Santa Fe

An Intimate Portrait of Place: Santa Fe and Beyond

with Lee Anne White

July 22 – 26, 2024

  • Tuition $2095.00
(includes meal plan, see below)
  • Location Fee $155.00
  • Standard Deposit $400.00

Course Description

To know a place, we must slow down—to see not only the big picture, but the intimate details that give it character. To observe not only the terrain and what grows there, but the history of the land and our connection to place. To become aware not only of what we see, but how a place makes us feel. 

Perhaps nowhere in the U.S. is the history of a place more evident than in Santa Fe—the nation’s oldest capital city, where ancient roads cross and the oldest church in America still holds services. Northern New Mexico is a region where human occupation stretches back thousands of years and where the convergence of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures has resulted in a rich local heritage, a unique architectural style, flavorful cuisines, traditional crafts and so much more. 

During this 5-day workshop, we step back in time to explore some of the region’s roots. Our days involve the exploration of various landscapes, architecture (including interiors), and historic sites that define the uniqueness of this place—ranging from ancient ruins and geological landscapes to Santa Fe’s Plaza and neighborhoods, encompassing locations like pueblos, ranches, trails, and churches. Landscape photography inherently demands extended outdoor hours. Typically, our routine involves early starts for photography sessions, followed by late-afternoon classroom sessions for lessons, image processing, and sharing. 

Our focus transcends capturing mere images and immediate attractions; instead, we delve deeper into storytelling and portraying a profound sense of place. Employing a structured approach to landscape exploration, we aim to develop cohesive bodies of work applicable for publication, exhibition, and social media. Join Lee Anne White this summer and explore your own sense of place in magical and storied Santa Fe and the breathtaking surrounding countryside.

Additional Information

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.

Participants are expected to have a good grasp of their camera’s functions, be adept in tripod usage, and possess fundamental knowledge of exposure metering and image processing. Considering extensive sun exposure and traversing rugged terrain, it is advisable to pack lightly, carry sunscreen, and wear durable walking shoes or boots.

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

Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations, and daily beverage service are included.
Black & White Photography, Nature & Landscape, Storytelling
Lee Anne White

Lee Anne White is a photographer and writer whose work is rooted in the landscape—the terrain, what grows there, the history of the land and our connection to place. Her work has been exhibited in both solo and juried shows—including more than 30 works on permanent display at Brenau University—and she is the recipient of three Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for black-and-white photographic series.

Lee Anne served as the editor-in-chief of Fine Gardening magazine, photographed more than 70 magazine features, produced nearly 20 books, and has taught photography workshops for more than 20 years. In addition, she has worked extensively with landscape architects and documented many historic properties for the Historic American Landscapes Survey. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism and broadcasting from Brenau University and a master’s degree in creative studies from SUNY/Buffalo State.

Instagram: @leeannewhite

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