I’ve been acclimating back to real life after spending an awesome, intense, powerful week at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Thinking back on the week, several things come to mind…
- Contrary to belief, it does snow in Santa Fe. (Wish I would’ve taken my boots!)
- Photographers are a peculiar sort. That being said, being surrounded by others who have been just as bitten by the shutter bug was not only confirming, but felt like home.
- The people of Santa Fe are some of the kindest I’ve met.
- Workshops offer a plethora of reading materials, magazines, etc… The temptation is to pick up every one of them in hopes of gleaming something useful. But let’s be realistic, once home these dazzling publications don’t get read. Avoid picking up everything presented to you. It results in airport luggage overcharges! (Trust me on this one).
- Workshops are like summer camp. You spend an immense amount of time with people who start off as strangers then begin to feel like family by the end of the week. I found this out through my classmates who came from Colorado, North Dakota, North Carolina, Wyoming, Washington, Kansas City, and a couple of Santa Fe transplants.
- Photography is ageless. It’s is a passion that can be successfully practiced all through life. I have my classmate Bob, or grandpa Bob as a classmate adoringly referred to him as, to thank for reminding me that a creative soul and an artful eye exists at any age.
- I can survive without a television for an entire week. It was actually nice.
- Seeing light, composition, and form is way more important than the ability to use the gear (although that comes in handy as well).
- Airline travel ain’t what it used to be… I had my hands swabbed for the first time for explosive residue.
- Don’t assume the French pastry chef can speak fluent English. His kindness didn’t need translation, but it sure would have been great to talk with him more. Maybe I need to refresh my 9th grade French?
- David Robin is not only a great photographer, but a fantastic instructor as well. Not all photographers make good teachers, but this guy rocks.
- I have the Indiana Arts Commission-Individual Artist Grant to thank for this wonderful experience.
More to come…