Explore the Erie and Oswego Canals - the original, the 1840’s canals and the currently used canals - in the colorful autumn landscape. We will focus along the Erie Canalway National Historic Corridor from Seneca Falls to Syracuse. Locations include (but not limited to): the rebuilt Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct in Cammilus, a restored functioning aqueduct that is part of the 1840’s rebuilt canal; the three modern Oswego Canal locks that are part of the 1920’s technology; the Jordan Aqueduct that goes over the Skaneateles Creek in downtown Jordan and the Montazuma Aqueduct crossing part way across the Seneca River. In addition we will photograph in the beautifully restored Mentz Community Church, visit the nearby aqueducts, the Erie Canal Museum (which housed the original Weigh Station) and various parks associated with these locks and aqueducts. The hotel we are staying at is right on modern lock 24 in Baldwinsville and lock 23 is not far away. The addition of fall color should make this a specatacular time of year to be shooting in this area.
This is a location workshop in which we will focus on creating photographs. All camera format, film and digital, are welcome. Large format and film are always welcome in my workshop but be advised that there is no opportunity for processing film. Digital photographers should bring their own laptop to edit for critiques.
Throughout the week we will use the daytime to make images and the evenings for critique. I ask that you share 5 - 10 images per critique. These may be images made during the workshop or from previous work, in print or digital form. In addition, if you would like an individual portfolio review bring a representative portfolio of no more than 30 images, in print or digital format.
My Spirit of Structure workshops focus on photographing in the man-made environment, rather than on the grand landscape. They are designed to increase your skills and to help you challenge old habits and break out of ruts. Your focus during the week is not about making the perfect photograph but in approaching the subjects differently, in taking risks, in shifting your point-of-view. The combination of working in a new environment and being deliberate in your photographing will change the photographs you make long after this workshop is over.
For all participants: Please bring two images – one of your own and one of a photographer who inspires you (not an original) – to introduce yourself to the group.
The workshop begins on Sunday evening, October 5 at 6 p.m. and ends after dinner on Friday. I would suggest making your departure plans for Saturday, October 11.
Transportation, Lodging: Participants are responsible for lodging, meals and transportation.
Airports: Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) ~ 21 min. from Hotel
Rental Cars: A rental car is a must for this workshop. Contact me if you are interested in sharing a car and I will put the word out in the group as registration for the workshop is completed.
Lodging: The Red Mill Inn
4 Syracuse St.
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Contact: Stephen Brucker (email@example.com). Tell him you are with the “Tillman Crane Photography Workshop” group.
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A valid passport is required for all travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. If you are a U.S. citizen, Maine Media will notify you if your destination requires a visa. Non-U.S. citizens are required to contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements for their workshop. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.
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All participants must be in good health. You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration. This document may be found on the course description page.
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To ensure a safe photographic experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations. The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment. No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop.