“Sense of place is the sixth sense, an internal compass and map made by memory and spatial perception together.” – Rebecca Solnit
10 week class, beginning September 21st
Thursdays 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Previous photography experienced required. Please contact the instructor with specific questions.
Limited to 10 students.
What characteristics make up a place? What makes a place notable, special, mysterious, nostalgic—in short, a place a photographer feels compelled to photograph? In this course we will explore the topic of sense of place in photography in depth. Beginning with assignments that blend photographic techniques (composition; light; the frame) and genres (landscape; portraiture; interiors/exteriors), students will have the opportunity to explore the concept of sense of place. As the class progresses, each student will choose a place they would like to photograph with greater attention and detail, to build a series of images. Class sessions will blend presentations of contemporary and historical figures in photography with technical topics as needed. Student images will be critiqued weekly.
Photographers we will look at include Barbara Bosworth, Rebecca Norris Webb, Justin Kimball, Dave Jordano, Helen Levitt, Meg Birnbaum, Charan Devereaux, Robert Frank, Ellen Slotnik; Robert Adams; Laura McPhee, and Glen Scheffer.
Emily Belz is a photographer and educator based in Cambridge, MA. Belz has exhibited her photographs in exhibitions at the Center for Fine Art Photography; Danforth Museum; the Griffin Museum of Photography; the Photographic Resource Center; Panopticon Gallery, and the Vermont Center for Photography. She was the recipient of a 2014 artist grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, and a 2015 Critical Mass Finalist. Belz holds a BA in photography and art history from Hampshire College (1997); an MA in art and design education from the Rhode Island School of Design (2009); and an MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art (2017).