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Ah, Penland

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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Ah, Penland.

My fourth time teaching and the longest stint: eight weeks. It is pretty amazing being immersed in art making with 75 of your best art making friends in the studio and on fieldtrips, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the dialogue and discourse flows endlessly. With printmakers, blacksmiths, jewelers, potters and glass blowers. Amazing. This is a world class craft school and the experience is world class as well.

The landscape in the mountains of NC about an hour NE of Ashville is endless, as is the beauty. Autumn is upon us and the color hasn’t quit. The horizon is non-existent and the land is right in your face, relentlessly beautiful and way green. It is safe to say that the Carolina mountains are the polar opposite of New Mexico in all ways.

I am teaching a class called the Extended Image that deals with issues of narrative, typology, topology, and time leading to the discussion of what is a photograph supposed to look like any way.  We talk about metaphor, meaning, voice and language. Photography as poetry and image.

We had two crits a day for the first couple of weeks working on some photo calisthenics then launching into a one week project of looking at the land, fashioning some panoramic pictures, breaking rules and making mistakes. More projects to come.

I am having a blast.

Penland School Fall Concentration

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

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Visual Studies Workshop

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The Extended Image Workshop 7/2 – 7/6/2012

Maine Media Workshops July 8-14

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Maine Media Workshops

The Contemporary Landscape

Exploring the unfamiliar and unexpected in the landscapeThe landscape is an enduring subject for artists of all media who want to express the spiritual connection between human beings and their environment.

For nearly two centuries photography has provided the world with compelling landscape imagery. This workshop focuses on aspects of contemporary landscape photography including the classial, the romantic, the man-made, the cultural, and the unfamiliar. It is a class for fine art photographers, professional photographers and experienced amateurs working in color, who want to develop a personal approach to landscape photography.

Lectures, class discussions and critiques encourage and challenge students to move beyond the predictable image and clichéd notions of beauty. During field trips, students explore Midcoast Maine and the surrounding inland towns. Keith also covers career and professional issues such as portfolios, promotion and presentation.\

VSW Extended Image and Frame Workshop

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

2010 Visual Studies Workshop Summer Institute

The Extended Image and Frame
Keith Johnson
July 12-July 16

Sometimes the single photograph does not aptly describe the idea; sometimes the idea is about the form of the presentation. Over the course of five days we will examine what extended picture making is, how to make use of the properties of the medium and create extended frames. Whether these are installations, books, topologies, or extended images, the investigation into the real or personal image will be about picture making. There will be critiques, lectures, field trips, and lots of photographing, journal writing, and idea generation. Photographers and image makers may work in B&W or color, digital or in film, the goal is to work, make pictures and dig deep.

Day 5 of the Contemporary Landscape Workshop Crisis

Friday, August 7th, 2009

A fine workshop conducted at Maine Media Workshops finished today with a good time seemingly had by all.  Students made fine progress, lots of pictures made, some of note.  The weather turned out to be spectacular all week.

I leave early tomorrow for Newport and the Jazz Festival there.  I should be a great one.  More soon.

Ah, Rockport

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Maine.  The morning is sunny and a bit cool but perfect for a landscape workshop.

Extended Landscape workshop at VSW

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Visual Studies Workshop has the Summer Institute running for the month of July.

I am teaching the Extended Landscape June 29-July 3.

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THE EXTENDED LANDSCAPE
Keith Johnson

Sometimes the single photograph does not aptly describe the idea; sometimes the idea is about
the form of the presentation.Over the course
of five days we will examine what an extended landscape is, how to make use of the
properties of the medium and create extended landscapes. Whether these are installations,
books, topologies, or extended images, the investigation into the real or personal landscape
will be about picture making. There will be critiques, lectures, field trips, and lots of
photographing, journal writing, and idea generation. Photographers and image makers
may work in B&W or color, digital or in film, the goal is to work and to work hard.

Penland Hostage Picture

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

144 protraits in 25 minutes with a chorus of “Rawhide” playing in the background.  We had to do something because of the rain.  Thanks to everyone at dinner 8/27/08 at Penland.

CPW Workshop 9/20-21

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

I am doing a landscape workshop in Woodstock, NY; Finding the Social Landscape in and around Woodstock, September 20-21, CPW is a perfect base and Woodstock is that perfect setting.

The Woodstock area is full of both natural and man-made wonders. From the Hudson River to the Catskill Mountains, from wildlife to industry and from the local residents to the visiting tourists; this workshop will investigate how the natural landscape and the social landscape collide to offer up grand photographic possibilities.

Walking in the footprints of some of history’s greatest artists, we will investigate our surrounding area and all the wonders that encompass it.. This workshop will encourage you to find a personal way of seeing and interpreting a multi-layered environment. We will seek out the social landscape that surrounds us and begin to create stories and observations about it. Students will share their individual opinions about what photographing the landscape means within their work. There will be lectures, critiques and shooting trips in the surrounding area and beyond in search of the photographic holy grail. This is a workshop for fine art photographers, professional photographers and experienced amateurs who want to explore the photographic possibilities that are justoutside the door.

Penland School of Crafts Workshop

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Digital Color Landscape

This class will emphasize seeing in color through assignments, critiques, lectures, and presentations. Using digital cameras and a Fuji instant printer, we will photograph and print daily without using computers or Photoshop. Experience is not necessary; enthusiasm is critical.

August 24-30

Penland is one of great workshop experiences. World class crafts in an idyllic setting north of Asheville, NC in the mountains. Glorious.

www.penland.org

Maine Media Workshops

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Exploring the unfamiliar and unexpected in the landscape.

August 3-9 I will be giving a workshop at MPW in Rockport, ME. I have been doing workshops there for 7 years now and invite all comers for a look at “Photographing the Contemporary Landscape.” We’ll have a look at what Maine has to offer, make use ot the Fuji sponsored printer, and make lots of photographs.

The landscape is an enduring subject for artists of all media who want to express the spiritual connection between human beings and their environment.

For nearly two centuries photography has provided the world with compelling and profound landscape imagery. This workshop focuses on myriad aspects of contemporary landscape photography including the beautiful, the classical, the romantic, the man-made, the cultural, and the unfamiliar. It is a class for fine art photographers, professional photographers and experienced amateurs working in color, who want to develop a personal approach to landscape photography.

Lectures, class discussions and critiques encourage and challenge students to move beyond the predictable image and clichéd notions of beauty. During field trips, students explore Midcoast Maine and the surrounding inland towns. Keith also covers career and professional issues such as portfolios, promotion and presentation.

www.theworkshops.com

Jackson Hole Workshop

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

One of the great places to take and give a workshop is Jackson, WY. The place is terrific, the people (Jon Stuart and Thomas Stimpson) are terrific, and the ghosts of William Henry Jackson and Ansel Adams are felt everywhere. Making new pictures is the hard part, but with excellent weather, great skies, it is worth the effort.

The workshop is “Photographiing the Contemporary Landscape” and runs July 21-25.

Jackson Hole is a place of immense photographic opportunity. From the Tetons to the county fair, from moose and bear to wildlife of another sort, we will investigate how the natural landscape and the social landscape collide to offer up grand photographic possibilities. Students will discover their vision of the American West. There will be daily lectures, critiques and shooting trips in the area and beyond in search of the photographic holy grail. Bring your cameras and plenty of enthusiasm for a week of looking, seeing and picture making. The emphasis is on having a great time in a great place.

Jackson Hole Art Association.

Extended Landscape Workshop at VSW

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

VSW in Rochester, NY June 30-July 4.

Sometimes the single photograph does not aptly describe the idea, sometimes the idea is about the form of the presentation. Over the course of five days we will examine what an extended landscape is, how to make use of the properties of the medium and create extended landscapes. Whether these are installations, books, topologies, or extended images, the investigation into the real or personal landscape will be about picture making.

There will be critiques, lectures, field trips, and lots of photographing, journal writing, and idea generation. There will be a high degree of photo fun. Photographers and image makers may work in B&W or color, digital or in film, the goal is to work and make work.

www.vsw.org

 
 

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