ICM + ME Artistry: Three Voices, Three Visions

with Renee Lynn, nicholas x bent, Craig Boehman, and moderator Stephanie Johnson

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Course Description

Santa Fe Workshops celebrate the delightful world of intentional camera movement (ICM) and multiple exposure (ME) photography. The resulting unique and visually appealing images create a sense of dynamism, convey emotions, and experiment with different visual styles that offer a creative way to present subjects. Over the past two years, we have offered over twenty online and in-person workshops, offering the opportunity to expand your technical skills as well as develop your creative voice in this recently popular art form.

For our next act, we are producing a series of online symposia to further inform and inspire this ever-growing and enthusiastic community of ICM + ME aficionados. Our inaugural symposium is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, and brings together three imagemakers who are assuredly visionaries and thereby trend setters. 

Stephanie Johnson—founder, creator, and publisher of ICM Photography Magazine—is our moderator and is tasked with keeping the trains moving and everyone engaged and stimulated. Leaving us breathless is up to Renee Lynn, nicholas x bent, and Craig Boehman. These three seminal voices and visions use ICM + ME photography in surprising and absorbing ways. Come join us to deepen your passion for this contemporary genre or to simply learn more about the world of ICM + ME if you are intrigued and/or just getting started.  

After opening remarks from Stephanie, we begin the symposium with presentations from Renee, nicholas, and Craig.

In the vibrant artistic hub of Santa Fe, American photographer Renee practices her art surrounded by creative talent and inspiration. Here, she expands her photographic endeavors to explore the visual language of photographic expressionism, depiction beyond the literal. Through imaginative fields of color, line, and form she invites you to experience photography in an unexpected way. Starting with the painterly effects of ICM, she explores multiple exposures and the use of transparent layers. Inspired by her creative experiences in Santa Fe, Renee applies these methods to her photography. She discusses her process of constructing an image highlighting the progression from a traditional photograph to an expressionistic one. She shares the five key factors that contribute to producing her imagery. The result is images that prioritize inner experience by employing bold colors, exaggerated forms, and rich texture and line. Armed with these skills one can uncover hidden realms and embrace boundless opportunities for artistic growth.

nicholas, a Canadian contemporary fine-art photographer, invites you to find your path in visual expression and discover that meaningful place in an image. Immerse yourself into his visual journey, exploring the world of monochrome photography through ICM. Learn the dynamics of crafting monochrome images, and understand the elements of light, structure, and texture. Gain insights on long exposure, ISO, aperture, and the role of camera movement in the process. Explore practical examples as nicholas breaks down several of his images and describes the process involved in its development, helping refine your skills in creating impactful monochrome visuals.

Craig is an American street photographer based in Mumbai, India. His mission is to turn people into art. To pull this off, he incorporates camera movement into his street photography and then produces fine-art, limited-edition prints. Craig’s photography often focuses on anonymous individuals, capturing candid moments on the streets and transforming objects into living figures. The process of how he goes about all of this is the subject of his presentation along with a few tips to create your own ICM images captured through street photography or other portraiture genres. Craig’s subjects become anonymous forms ready for further creative experimentation in programs like Photoshop and Luminar Neo. And then presentation comes into the picture: how do you present your art to the world from a digital file? Instead of ending the story with a high-resolution JPEG, he explains how he uses high-quality archival paper for his images to bring more texture to the scene and how he handles limited editions. What Craig hopes you take away from his presentation is a way forward.

These three unique perspectives offer varied approaches to ICM + ME. Following these presentations, Stephanie leads a roundtable discussion to more deeply explore the creative aspects and meanings of ICM + ME with Renee, Craig, and nicholas. There is also time set aside for Q & A, allowing the audience to contribute to the conversation. 

Let’s dive into the rich spectrum of ICM + ME together!

Even if you can’t make the live event, a recording of it will be available for all those registered.

Additional Information


Open to anyone interested in this special program.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

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Renee Lynn

Renee Lynn is an American photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She completed her studies in commercial photography at U.C. Berkeley and began her career as a photojournalist before she found her passion as a stock photographer specializing in nature and animal imagery. During this time, Renee was represented by Getty Images and Corbis Images. She co-authored the Nature column for Popular Photography and was personally featured in Photo District News and on the Discovery Channel. Her publication credits include National Geographic, Time, and National Wildlife Federation. Renee received BBC Wildlife Photography of the Year awards in addition to the Addy award for a DDB Volkswagen ad campaign. Her animal imagery was used in advertising by Apple, Exxon, Jaguar, and Discovery Channel. Reaching out to others and supporting their professional development, she founded the NPPA Women in Photojournalism Conference and Women in Nature Photography Conference. Recently, she was presented with three category winners in the professional section of the 2024 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for Abstract, Landscape and Cell Phone photography.

nicholas x bent

nicholas x bent is a canadian contemporary fine art photographer utilizing camera movements and distortion to create unique landscape images.

raised in a northern mining town in ontario, canada, i experienced the contrast of stark rugged landscapes stripped by mine operations and pristine old growth forests, of eerie blue lakes deadened by acid rain fallout from the mine smelter stacks and green lakes filled with the promise of dinner.

this land was heaved up from the earth’s core and settled by sediment—islands of red granite shot through with veins of black granite and gleaming quartz in streams of pocked limestone. spruce, cedar, and junipers – hundreds of years old perched on cliffs with only the promise of tomorrows rain. the land’s ghosts travel on the winds and lodge in the valleys, gorges, and crevasses, revealing history to those with eyes to see it.

our occupation of this land places intensifying demand on nature with each passing generation, and yet our connection to this wildness diminishes in lock step with its destruction. each portrait of a tree, or grouping of trees or a building invites the viewer to consider its uniqueness and its place – or put another way – its individuality. the movement in each of the images assists in the construction of an understanding about the sentience of the subject, and perhaps a recognition of parallels in feeling between the viewer and the subject. the viewer might then understand the isolation or eradication of wildness as not only an ecological tragedy but a societal and spiritual one as well.

Instagram: @nicholasxbent

Craig Boehman

Craig Boehman is an American fine art photographer based in Mumbai. His photography career began when one of his street images was selected for the cover of the German edition of Le Monde Diplomatique in 2015. Since then, he has focused on street photography for his subject matter and offers workshops that attract travel and street photographers worldwide. His work has been exhibited globally and featured in various publications, including Le Monde Diplomatique, Verve Magazine, and The Hindustan Times.

In 2023, Craig ventured into the realm of Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and fine art. He sourced his subjects from street photography sessions, with a strong preference for candid moments. The Aksa Collection, originating from images captured at Mumbai’s Aksa Beach, showcases distorted impressions of individuals having been transformed into anonymous figures. Guided by the mantra “I turn people into art,” his artistic vision seeks to open doors between what’s perceived as real in a photograph and the imagination of the photographer.

Instagram: @craig.boehman

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

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