Join photographer and writer Sal Taylor Kydd in the inspired setting of Santa Fe to explore your personal narrative through the lens of memory and personal symbolism. Sal offers evocative writing exercises that prompt you to uncover the deeper impulses behind your work and further examine them through allegory, myth, and metaphor. Her use of photographic cues encourages you to explore connections to the land and the natural world in Northern New Mexico to expand your own personal narratives.
Using the tools you have as photographers along with your imaginations, Sal and the participants work together to transform what we see into a lyrical and transcendental image. As poets use the language of metaphor and allegory, you learn to recognize motifs in your own work to create images rich in symbolism.
Our mornings are spent in the classroom discussing the motivations and threads that run through your work, as well as the personal vision you want to create – with a view to developing your portfolio. Afternoons are spent with Sal creating new images on location in and around magical Santa Fe.
Limited to only 10 participants, this workshop is designed for experienced photographers looking to a journey of exploration to discover the alchemical intersection of symbolism, myth, and personal history.
COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).
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.
Sal Taylor Kydd is a Maine-based photographic artist and writer who uses various photographic media in a personal narrative that explores themes around memory and belonging; combining her poetry with alternative processes of photography and object-making.
Sal’s fine art photographs have been exhibited both domestically and internationally, including the UK, Barcelona, San Miguel De Allende, Portland, Boston, and Los Angeles; and she has been featured in numerous publications, including Shots Magazine, Don’t Take Pictures, Lenscratch, Diffusion Annual, and The Hand.
Sal has self-published a number of books combining her poetry with her photographs. Her books are in private and museum collections throughout the country including The Getty Museum, MOMA, Bowdoin College, The Peabody Essex Museum, and the Maine Women Writer’s Collection at the University of New England. Sal’s latest book, Yesterday, produced by Datz Press, is a limited-edition book of poems and photographs that explores our sense of loss around the pandemic of 2020.
Originally from the UK, Sal earned her BA in Modern Languages from Manchester University in the UK and has an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College in Rockport, where she now lives with her husband and two children.