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“What makes photography a strange invention - with unforeseeable consequences - is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”
The purpose of this course is to produce in the student a growing mindfulness of one of the foundational elements of photography - seeing light. Recognizing the characteristics of light and its varied affects are vital skills for creating successful photos. Yet these aspects of light are often overlooked in the moment, and are easily confused by the flurry of options and decisions that are being juggled as one makes a photograph.
Perceiving and understanding light is to a photographer what understanding the nature of the wind is to someone who sails. Knowing how to work with the light available is akin to knowing how to orient the sails so that the boat will go where the sailor wants it to go.
In this four-week class we discuss available light in the forms of natural daylight and existing artificial light. (We will not cover flash photography or studio lighting.)
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“A providential conspiracy seems to have been at work in the convergence of friends and events that led me to photography and to the college in Kentucky where I wound up studying photography. This is where I came to love pictures. It was the end of the 1970s. At that time I did not plan to be doing photography for a living – I actually had no plan. I worked as a janitor, a dishwasher, a laborer, a darkroom technician and eventually as a photographer’s assistant (although I don’t think I was very helpful). All the while I kept making pictures. In 1985, I published my first book of photographs and writing entitled, Heads Bowed Eyes Closed, No One Looking Around.
A girl named Marilyn, whose portrait I had taken some years earlier, wrote me from New York where she was living at the time and before long we were married. Nearly clueless, but with little to lose and a wife not afraid, I quit my real job in 1987 to freelance as a photographer.
Twenty-some years now into the adventure, much has changed — both in and out of photography. What hasn’t changed, however, is that strong pictures still resonate and compel and I am grateful to still be in pursuit of them.”
Michael’s photography spans many arenas but his most recognizable work is in the music industry. He has photographed Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, Waylon Jennings, Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Dawn Upshaw, Doc Watson, and many others. Michael’s client list includes Nonesuch Records, Warner Brothers Records, Sony Music, Capitol Records, Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Putnam, Mother Jones magazine, Health magazine, Uncut magazine and Pentagram Design.
Instructor: Michael Wilson
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