The Theatre of ICM and ME Photography

with Bill Ward

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Course Description

If “all the world’s a stage” according to William Shakespeare, then Bill Ward’s mastery of both the stage and the world of ICM and ME photography is something to behold and pay attention to. Bill’s career as an accomplished actor coupled with his creative virtuoso as a photographer makes him someone to watch, listen to, and be inspired by. He’s particularly evangelical about the ability of ICM and ME to get right under the skin of a place, a time, a feeling, and reveal their very essence.

Our newest SFW Perspectives program with Great Britain’s Bill Ward examines the intersection of theatre and photography and the creative processes they share. If you are looking to take your ICM and ME photography to the next level this two-part online webinar provides both technique and thought processes to befree you as a photographer and enables you to make the creative leaps so often sought-after in this unique and fast-growing genre in the photographic world. Bill has been a practicing ICM and ME photographer for over a decade and has much to impart.

This October, joining us via Zoom from England, Bill takes you on a four-hour adventure sharing his techniques and creative vision that give his intentional camera movement and multiple exposure photography an incomparable quality. He walks you through his processes from conception to completion of a multilayered composite using in-camera blending modes (as opposed to using Adobe Photoshop). Bill’s philosophy is to do as much as possible in-camera, therefore spending less time in front of a computer. As he explains his techniques, you discover new ways to push your own work in unexpected ways.

An actor by training, Bill is well versed in the creative process, the benefits of working with an open mind, the joy of improvising, and going with what you’re given. From his time acting on stage and in front of a camera, he is particularly interested in applying these same lessons when making images working on the fly, staying in the moment, seeing what comes up on the back of the camera, and using it as a springboard for an unknown destination.

Question and answer sessions are sprinkled throughout each day’s presentations to keep the audience engagement at a high and enjoyable level. This being said, if you can’t make the live events, recordings of the two programs will be available for all those registered.

Join Bill for what promises to be an intriguing creative burst and a craft-enhancing program focused on the brave new world of ICM and ME.

Additional Information

All are welcome

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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.

Creative Vision, Fine Art, One-of-a-Kind
Bill Ward

Bill Ward is a multi-award-winning photographer and actor. He won the inaugural Adobe Prize at the UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015, Best Seascape at Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020, and was runner up in the Your Vision category at Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021. Bill gives talks at festivals, photo shows, and camera clubs around the world, and is delighted to be on the judging panel again for UK Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2023. He is an Ambassador for Pentax Ricoh UK, a Tour/Workshop Leader for Light and Land, and creates images for the photographic agencies Robert Harding and ArenaPal.

A creative photography specialist, as well as a landscape photographer, Bill is particularly drawn to water. He believes in improvising, meeting the landscape on its own terms, and going with what he’s given. He is a regular writer and contributor to the worldwide ICM Photography Magazine.

As an actor, Bill has appeared in over 30 TV shows and films, and 50 plays since turning professional in 2000. He is probably best known for playing the rather unpleasant builder Charlie Stubbs in the UK TV show Coronation Street for over 400 episodes, for which he won many awards.

In search of peace and quiet, Bill’s photography is a response, and in many ways an antidote, to the time he spends as an actor working in the public eye.

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