Divining the Personal: How to Bring Your Life to Your Projects
With Jennifer McClure
July 20-21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This 2-day course will cover strategies for using your emotions and experiences as a basis for a compelling photographic journey. Whether you shoot portraits, landscapes or still lifes, the most important item in your toolkit is your unique point of view. Learn how to translate your interior narratives and passions into concrete photographs, focusing on subject matter, composition, lighting and editing. We are here to look for the beginning of the story. You don’t have to know the end. Writing exercises will help us discover the unanswered questions about your life that already exist. We will experiment and tailor approaches to each student on how best to shoot individual projects. This class will help you show your journey in a visual format that will in turn reveal your strengths and patterns as a photographer.
The first day of class will consist of a lecture and writing exercises, and examples of work that comes from personal experience. The class will discuss participants’ projects and ways to personalize their ideas. Participants will shoot on their own that afternoon/evening, and the following day we will critique the work (as well as older work if desired) and develop action plans for future shooting and project placement.
NOTE: This class is being held at WinCAM (NOT at the Griffin):
WinCAM (Winchester Community Access and Media)
32 Swanton Street
Winchester MA 01890
Sponsored in part by Leica Camera and the Richards’ Family Trust
Jennifer McClure is a fine art and documentary photographer based in New York City. She uses the camera to ask and answer questions. Her work is about solitude and a poignant, ambivalent yearning for connection. Jennifer was awarded CENTER’s Editor’s Choice by Susan White of Vanity Fair in 2013 and has been exhibited in numerous shows across the country. She was a 2017 Critical Mass finalist and twice received the Arthur Griffin Legacy Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography. Lectures include the School of Visual Arts i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration series, Fotofusion, FIT, NY Photo Salon and Columbia Teacher’s College. She has taught workshops at PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo, the Maine Media Workshops, and Fotofusion. She was a thesis reviewer and advisor for the Master’s Program at both the School of Visual Arts and New Hampshire Institute of Art. Her work has been featured in publications such as GUP, The New Republic, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, L’Oeil de la Photographie, The Photo Review, Dwell, Adbusters, and PDN. She also founded the Women’s Photo Alliance in 2015.
All sales are final on products purchased through the Griffin Museum. Participant cancellation of a program/lecture/class will result in a full refund only if notice of cancellation is given at least 2 weeks before the date of the event.