Alec Kaus (b. 1992, Nebraska) is an artist and photographer currently living and working in Maine. While pursuing his BA in Studio Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln he served as the President of the UNL Fine Art Photo Club, and has since interned at the Sheldon Museum of Art and worked as the Gallery Assistant at Prescott Art Gallery, both in Lincoln, Nebraska, and worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine. Alec is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education, and is involved with both the LGBTQ and Multicultural Caucuses. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States, and have most recently been included in an upcoming exhibition at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. His current work explores themes of transition, identity, and home.
This course will broaden your visual interests and add new intensity to your work. Inspiration and knowledge is derived from lectures that examine the work of major photographers in specific fields, providing a context for each day's work.
Discussions cover photographic history, theory, and technical concerns. Afternoons are spent working in the field on specific assignments, each designed to awaken your eye and strengthen your ability to deal effectively with new subject matter in a meaningful and personal way.
Mornings are filled with review and critique of the previous day's photographs. Lectures and discussions present new ideas and explore the way other photographers have handled specific subject matter.
Subjects covered during the week:
- Spaces - The afternoon is spent photographing spaces, capturing the corner of a room, photographing a farmyard, backyard or porch.
- The Landscape - We will work with rural and urban landscapes, photographing seascapes and horizons to create three-dimensionality.
- Objects – We will search for the identity within an object, as defined by its space and surroundings.
- The Portrait - Explore ways to photograph people: friends, strangers, groups of people, as well as self-portraiture.
- The Emotional Photograph - This assignment is to produce a single, complex photograph, which expresses an emotion or idea.
Students are encouraged to bring a laptop for image processing and editing since this is not based in a digital lab classroom.