Fantastic instructors, a wonderful place to be, and very well-organized, says Kellie Fitzgerald from the Columbus, Ohio area who returned for a second summer of Oaxaca Photography Workshop: Market Towns and Artisan Villages. She goes on to say that learning more about the history of Oaxaca and indigenous groups added to her experience, because knowledge makes the region even more fascinating. The weaving demonstration with Federico Chavez Sosa was very enlightening and inspiring. I always felt safe, the people are so warm and welcoming, she says.
Here are Kellie’s Best of Week photographs based on the theme of Interactions and Festividades. Be sure to click on each photo to get all the detail with a full screen view!
Join us at the end of October for 2012 Day of the Dead Photography Expedition for an incredible cultural journey.
One of the big challenges during our Oaxaca Photography Workshop: Market Towns and Artisan Villages was to use our digital cameras to shoot in sepia and black and white. This trained our eyes to see differently through the viewfinder — texture, shape, shadow, pattern. Itzia loved the exercise and made this a theme of her final presentation. Daughter of a Mexican father and midwestern USA mother, Itzia bridged the cultural experience perfectly. She attended with her good friend JoBeth Collister.
She says, All the technical aspects of using my camera were so beneficial to cover and experiment with this week. The program is such a great learning, growing and eye-opening experience in so many ways. Plus, I can’t recall one instance the entire time where I felt that my safety was threatened. Almost everyone we met was very receptive and endearing — only adding to the beauty of this wonderful place.
You can capture the experience, too, during 2012 Oaxaca Day of the Dead Photography Expedition. Just a few places left!
Rachel Bailey is a social studies teacher from Columbus, Ohio, and this was her first international travel experience. She explains: The photography workshop was inspiring. Not only did it open up my world to a new culture, I gained a new passion for photography. The experience opened my eyes to some really incredible people who are no longer “foreign” to me. Plus, I learned a great deal about my camera ISO, shutter, aperture and photographic composition. I worried I did not have enough photography experience but I felt very comfortable. Tom and Sam Robbins are excellent teachers and photographers.
Rachel’s aesthetic focused on doors, those partially open and closed. A perfect metaphor. And crosses that call to worship and connote respect atop mountains, in churches, homes and surprising places.
2012 Day of the Dead Photography Expedition at the end of October is our next cultural immersion adventure. Won’t you join us?
Be sure to click on each photo to great more detail and a full-view of what Rachel captured.
The whole experience of being in Mexico was very eye-opening and getting the chance to capture that with photography was fun. I learned a lot about my own skills. The assignment every morning helped my focus and I felt completely safe in the village and the city, says JoBeth Collister who attended 2012 Oaxaca Photography Workshop: Market Towns and Artisan Villages in July with her friend Itzia Rojo-Lesnick, both from Columbus, Ohio.
JoBeth captured the awesome magnificence of the 2,000 year old cypress tree at Santa Maria del Tule in the first few photos you see below. And, of course, there are ladders everywhere since building, cleaning and fixing are constant.
Our next photography workshop is set for an inspiring, mystical cultural immersion during Day of the Dead — still a few spaces left!
Hollie Taylor Novak is a mixed media artist and ceramics teacher from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who participated in the 2012 Oaxaca Photography Workshop: Market Towns and Artisan Villages this summer. Instructors Sam and Tom Robbins asked each participant to prepare a presentation of 20 photographs that represented their Best of Week work. For most of us, that meant culling through thousands of shots, ranking them and then making the final selection.
Here are Hollie’s photos around the theme As Is Things, As Is People. Click on each photo to get a full-screen view and lots of detail.
Our next photography adventure: Oaxaca Day of the Dead Photo Expedition. Just a few places left! We hope you will be with us.