What is your VISION? What is your STORY? What keeps calling you to do YOUR WORK

Every artist has a personal, often unperceived theme that is at the core of what wants to flow through him/her. Discover YOUR theme during a workshop in an environment that is rich in impulses and visual stimulation.

True art is rooted in personal emotion that can be understood universally, regardless of genre, be it landscape, still life, portraiture, nature, abstract, self-portrait, or documentary. As photographers who strive to communicate our visions in a true, honest, and consistent manner, we establish an emotional connection to each image we create.

In this workshop participants learn how to articulate and refine their personal vision through storytelling. In the process, we examine our own personal narratives and aesthetics in image making. Through creative exercises, group discussions, individual conversations, photographing assignments, and portfolio reviews, we are encouraged and inspired to grow and reach the next level of our artistic achievement. We also discuss such practical topics as long-term project development, portfolio editing, marketing, publishing, and exhibitions.

Participants have to send in a portfolio (or simply best of sample) of their work which will be discussed and used to determine the primary inherent subject of each student's work. This will be bolstered by creative exercises in a way that, after a day or two, the student will have an idea of the “WHY” of his/her photography and can spend the remainder of the class working along those lines.

While participants must have a basic working knowledge of their camera, the creative process of image making will be emphasized over the mechanics of camera use. Both digital and film, in all formats, are welcome. Open to all levels of photo experience but better suited to those looking to expand their creativity and vision.


Ralph Hassenpflug

Ralph Hassenpflug studied European literature in Germany and France. He was born in West Germany and emigrated to the United States in 2002. He is a self taught photographer and regularly presents his work in national and international shows:

  • selected for the Italian VOGUE portfolio
  • featured artist in Stone Voices Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly
  • published by Maine Art Scene Magazine
  • accepted into the prestigious Visual Narrative exhibition
  • Mobile Photography show at the Minneapolis Photo Center
  • Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, alternative processes show
  • Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, OR
  • The Big Picture, Denver, CO
  • Kiernan Gallery in VA
  • PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT
  • Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX
  • New York Center for Photography, NY, NY
  • New Century Artists Gallery in NY, NY
  • ViewPoint Gallery in Halifax, Canada
  • PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary
  • Southeast Center for Photography
  • featured by LensCulture
  • finalist of Critical Mass 2015 by PhotoLucida
  • International Moscow Photo Awards 2015
  • Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, CO
  • Seities and Selves, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont
  • finalist in two categories of the International Pollux Awards
  • International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Berlin, Germany
  • 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - The Man Show - "Dudes, Bros and Gentlemen"
  • Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, SC - The Contemporary Nude
  • Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, OR - The Photographic Nude
  • Plates to Pixels Gallery, Portland OR - Intimate Alchemy
  • Darkroom Gallery, VT, Haunted exhibit, jurors choice
  • Amanda Smith Gallery, TX, LIGHT show
  • PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, show STORIES, honorable mention
  • Photo Place Gallery, VT, juror Susan Burnstine, honorable mention

Hassenpflug's book "Doorway to the Temple", on sacred places of Brittany, France, was published by Shanti Arts in 2014.

Ralph is a creator of dreamlike images. He offers workshops in Maine and in Europe for the individual development of photographic vision



Course Dates

Aug 27 to Sep 2



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