On Location

Personal Mythologies: An Interior Journey

with Holly Wilmeth and Ri Anderson

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Course Description

Submerging yourself in a foreign culture provides a rare chance to look inward in new and surprising ways. Holly and Ri take participants on a personal journey of observing, gathering, and combining imagery that we collect in San Miguel de Allende. In this place of color, tradition, mystery, and beauty, we make photographs and use Adobe Photoshop to create collages that symbolize deeply personal paths specific to our lives.

We lay a creative foundation by exploring off-the-beaten-track landscapes and photographing objects and live models, spending time in botanical gardens as well as the small rural community Atotonilco, part of a World Heritage Site just minutes outside of San Miguel. We then devote ourselves to blending, collaging, and overlaying the various images we accumulated at the beginning of the workshop.

Every day, Holly and Ri lead discussions on ideas for work and evaluate participants’ images, both individually and as a group. The fluid structure of our time together allows us ample opportunities to experiment and process ideas, and you are invited (but not required) to bring meaningful objects and photographs to assimilate into your pieces. As we delve deeply into the realm of intuition, we create new images that represent our unique interior journeys.

Additional Information


This workshop is for all photographers of all levels.

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, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day. Participants need to have Adobe Photoshop on their laptop and they need some prior experience with Photoshop.

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.

Creative Vision, Fine Art
Holly Wilmeth

Holly Wilmeth creates images embodying elements of nature, mysticism, and spirituality. Drawing inspiration from ancient mythologies, symbolism, and diverse cultures, she uses photography to reveal the alchemy of being human and part of this earth. Holly has worked for a wide range of advertising and editorial clients, and her images have been published in international magazines including TimeNewsweekAfarGEOTravel + LeisureNational Geographic AdventureChristian Science MonitorCARE International, and USAID Weekly. She has taught workshops all over the world. Born and raised in Guatemala by American parents, she now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Website: hollywilmeth.com

Instagram: @hollywilmeth

Ri Anderson

Ri Anderson’s unique use of photography, photoshop, and print materials has established her as a digital collagist/embroiderer, printmaker, and master technician. From her home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Ri unleashes her imagination and incorporates magical realism into her semi-autobiographical pieces, which use Adobe Photoshop to create fantastical, unexpected forms and tableaux. Her work has been widely shown in galleries and museums throughout North America and China, as well as featured in publications such as LensCulturePrintmaking Today, and BETA Developments in Photography. Her newest body of work is currently touring Mexico, ending with an exhibition at Museo de la Mujer, in Mexico City.

Website: rianderson.com

Instagram: @riandersonart

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