Alison Shaw is a fine art and editorial photographer who lives and works on Martha’s Vineyard. For over 35 years, the island has provided the primary inspiration and subject matter for her fine art and editorial photography. Alison has eleven books to her credit, the most recent of which include Photographing Martha’s Vineyard (Countryman Press 2011), Schooner with Tom Dunlop (Vineyard Stories 2010), and Soups and Sides with Catherine Walthers (Lake Isle Press 2010). Alison is a regular contributor to Yankee Magazine, Cape Cod Life, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine and Vineyard Style. She teaches photography workshops on the island, as well as in Nova Scotia, Mexico, Maine, and New Zealand. The Alison Shaw Gallery, which Alison owns and runs with her partner Sue Dawson, is located in an old single-engine firehouse at 88 Dukes County Avenue in the heart of the Arts District in Oak Bluffs.
Join Alison for a week of photographing the coast of Maine, its beautiful harbors, coves, villages, islands, lighthouses and gardens. This workshop is for amateur and professional photographers who want to discover their own personal photographic style while building a body of personal images. It is a time participants sharpen their technical skills, expand their abilities to see, and make photographs in new and personal ways.
Alison works with students in the field as well as in the classroom exploring:
- Acquiring technical skill
- Developing a personal style
- Practices to work more effectively in color
- Abstract imagery
- Improving compositions
- Digital workflow
- How to present fine art photos
Critiques are held every morning and students embark on field trips each afternoon. Alison offers guidance and support with both technical and aesthetic issues relevant to the photographer. This is a terrific opportunity for students to work with a highly regarded professional while improving their technique, developing their personal style of landscape photography, and acquiring a valuable set of tools for professional development.
Students are required to work digitally and a laptop is required for image processing and editing.
"An artistic respite, a place to immerse yourself in what you love most."
- Sandra Goroff, Boston, MA
"An immersion in learning in a unique and pleasant environment, extraordinary staff. A perfect facility!"
- John Seetwood, Atlanta, GA
"Allison is a terrific teacher. She is present, well prepared, and teaches up until the last minute."
- Emily Lessner, Manchester, CT