Viewing the world indirectly offers us a golden opportunity to express ideas and emotions in ways that move beyond the usual representations of a subject. Whether our inspiration takes root in grand landscapes or the smallest of microscopic organisms, the possibilities are endless when we examine the world from different perspectives.
With magnificent San Miguel de Allende as our backdrop, this workshop gives participants the skills to identify key abstract elements and skills to create compositions that bear little or no resemblance to the subject at hand. As we explore how metaphor relates to nonfigurative images, we effectively uncover the best approaches for realizing our personal visions, delving into techniques such as selective focus, multiple exposure, reflection, intentional camera movement, light and shadow, and context.
We discover innovative ways to reimagine the world around us through presentations, group critiques, portfolio reviews, and photographic assignments that sparks inspiration. We venture out into beautiful San Miguel each day to find our voice in the poetry of abstractions.
By the end of our week together, your mind has expanded, and you feel confident creating abstract images that reach beyond conventional graphic form to achieve distinctive poetic representation.
Susan Burnstine is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published, teaches workshops internationally, and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography Magazine (UK).
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