morning comes early in Maine..

Posted by Ted on Jun 12, 2006 in Photography

after a beautiful drive yesterday, I finally ended up in Rockport, ME for a week-long intensive photography workshop.

last night I sat across from Arno Minkkinen at dinner, and he’s giving a slide show and lecture on Wednesday.

classes this week will be intense; up at 7a or before to take pictures before breakfast at 8, and then class begins at 9a. then onsite through lunch, then offsite for the afternoon, and back for dinner and lectures, and then homework before trying to go to bed before midnight.

got to show my portfolio to the class today, and it felt good to have the instructor say, “what you’ve got is really good.” in reference to my work thusfar. this week however, I need to push myself in unfamiliar or uncomfortable directions; namely playing up close with narrow depths of field (which I’ve been branching into lately, being inspired by Liz’s developing eye), and the most fearful of all, people. if I don’t have a willing victim that I know, I find the idea of approaching random strangers intimidating. this week will be the time to push that envelope of comfort.

one of the interesting things about The Workshops is their philosophy, and in particular that of the founder, David Lyman, who speaks about the catalytic experience of being here with the same fervor and rhetoric that Larry Harvey might about Burning Man.

for now though, back to class..

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An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


Jun 12, 2006 at 5:52 pm

Ah, yes, taking pics of people is intimidating indeed.

Jun 12, 2006 at 6:32 pm

Ah, yes. Used to see those folks all over the place, growing up there. At least you’ll have lots of nice scenary to photograph!

Jun 12, 2006 at 6:40 pm

Congrats! Very cool to be in such company. I hope it’s a growthful and interesting workshop for you.

BTW, have you seen ‘ work? He does some really nice stuff that sounds like it might be similar to what you’re aiming for next.

Jun 12, 2006 at 7:02 pm

You sounded so excited last night! And I am just as excited for you. Can’t wait to see what you’ve learned and your new pics. :)

And we should schedule that “take pictures of each other” day sometime soon, to help develop your eye for people further, and apply the knowledge you’ll be gaining through the week (and to teach me some too!). I wouldn’t mind getting more time to photograph my favorite subject (oooooh…at firefly? I have ideas for our art project and camp, btw).


Jun 13, 2006 at 1:18 am

How cool bro! I think you take fabulous pics and I love seeing you explore it more.


Jun 13, 2006 at 5:23 pm

Wow I’m totally jealous and psyched for you! That’s awesome you made it up there and will be getting some great instruction this week.

Ya, people.. people move and look back at you. eep!

Buildings and landscapes don’t.

Best of luck and please write up about your experience when the class ends.