The human figure as a subject has compelled artists throughout history, and San Miguel de Allende, with its inspiring colonial charm, provides an inviting backdrop to explore the sensual qualities of the human form. Gracious male and female figure and dance models collaborate in expressing your intuitive create soul.
Practicing communication and respect for one another, we make images that softly whisper “yes.” Teaming in small groups, participants experiment with natural lighting techniques while using props that complement their chosen subject and location. From iPhone to digital infrared, in water or the landscape, and from abandoned haciendas, fine-art photographer Elizabeth Opalenik inspires you to explore all the possibilities.
Images are stepping stones that bear the visual imprint of stories left behind, but good images don’t just happen. Quite often our best work lies just beyond our greatest failures, with discovered gems the reward. In this workshop’s uniquely supportive environment, you learn to transform those failures into fuel for forging new ideas and exploring new paths.
As you expand your awareness and build on your existing skills through creative assignments, Elizabeth offers her own experiential insights during model sessions and image reviews. Throughout our time together, you are given ample opportunities to utilize your new skills during group field trips around this charming city while also enjoying the culture of this town.
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). For international trips, local laws will apply, so it is important that you confirm you will be fully vaccinated according to the countries on your trip.
Photographers 'with a sense of the human form they would like to expand' are welcome.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR camera or iPhone. Participants must be able to download, select, and submit images for class each day.
Participants should plan to travel to San Miguel no later than Wednesday, September 20. Workshop check-in will be Thursday morning, followed by breakfast and a brief orientation. The workshop ends on Monday evening with a final dinner and image presentations.
Visit the San Miguel Campus page on our website for details on accommodations, meals, transportation, and more.
Enrollment for this San Miguel workshop is limited to 12 participants.
For participants wanting to stay at Hotel Posada de la Aldea, double accommodations are $415 per person for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday, (for couples taking workshops and friends traveling together) or $830 per person, single accommodations for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday. Additional nights at the hotel can be arranged for participants; please discuss needs with the Administration Office in Santa Fe.
$2,895 (USD) includes tuition, breakfast Thursday through Tuesday, lunch Thursday through Monday, final dinner on Monday, and model/location/materials fees if applicable to the class. Hotel accommodations are not included in the package price; see details above.
Elizabeth Opalenik is a fine-art photographer who brings a sense of wonder and possibility to students. Her heart is in philanthropic projects and working in her darkroom, where she creates one-of-a-kind images in the mordançage process, carbon and platinum printing. She mixes digital and traditional media when appropriate to maximize creative possibilities, using images as stepping stones to trace pathways of the mind.
Her first monograph, Poetic Grace: Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs, 1979-2007, chronicles images from the first 30 years of her career. Her latest book and 2021 pandemic project Workshop Stories: changed through photography shares stories and images from 100 leading workshop instructors. Her work is collected and published internationally.