Sunday, March 12, 2017

   poetic photography workshop on gotland

photos : dietlind wolf
location : gotland/ sweden

poetic photography,

"how to see with the skin"

a photography and exploration retreat in gotland / sweden
based on the development of your senses

led by dietlind wolf

poetic photography touches.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – “The Little Prince”, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“the taste of an apple … lies in the contact of the fruit with the palate, not in the fruit itself…” – Jorge Luís Borges

with our senses we go into contact with the world,
and in this special contact is hidden the uniqueness of our perception,
how each of us, distinctively, encounters our environment.

poetic photography explores this experience.
through what Juhani Pallasmaa calls “the eyes of the skin”,
the photographer is inspired to create an image of what touches her.
that image in turn touches the viewer,
bringing him into contact with both his own perception and what originally inspired her, the photographer.

our retreat is designed for you to explore this encounter,
to begin to understand how you uniquely experience the world through each of your senses,
how you tell the story of your perception to others through your photography,
and in this process, develop your creative voice.

each day is dedicated to working with one sense (smell and taste are explored together) to offer you the opportunity of slowing down for a fully immersive experience.

the retreat is also a workshop in editing and creating a photo story.
it is a chance to experience each day being seen in your own uniqueness, through sharing and receiving feedback on your work in an open and supportive small group environment.

*retreat schedule:
on the first day, we will get to know each other and explore our surroundings with an initial shoot.
we will then start each morning sharing a selection of each person’s edited images from the previous day,
and with heartfelt respect and an open mind, I will provide guidance on developing your own photo story, told through your personal experience of each sense.
this is followed by a menu of exercises in self-awareness and assignments to personally explore the senses on different levels.
in the afternoon, you will have time to explore the island and shoot, transferring the experience from the self-awareness exercises and assignments into a photo story through each sense,
and then edit your images to share that story with the group the next morning.
this schedule will be repeated across the week for each sense:
 * day 2: touch
 * day 3: smell and taste
 * day 4: hearing
 * day 5: sight
on day 6 after lunch, you will have time for yourself to make any last purchases, ask questions and consider what you will explore after the workshop. we end the day with a farewell dinner and depart on day 7.

*support and guidance:
i offer you my extensive experience with concepts including styling for editorial magazines.
i will guide you through the complete realization process from ideation and storytelling into your own professional photo story with final art direction,
and deepen your insight into, and reveal hidden aspects of, the whole editorial photo production process.
i will share creative methods to help you develop ideas and stories for individual and unique photo productions, along with general and detailed color/theme styling concepts.
i aim to increase your perception, sensibility and sensory awareness.
i will encourage you to open yourself to be inspired by the beautiful and very special island of Gotland,
and to show this in each of your stories. 

a tranquil island,
where you will find ancient fossils beneath your feet, 90 medieval churches and curly black sheep,
where you will enjoy delicious food, long daylight, open space and a huge northern sky…
where you can wander through shades of grey, let your eyes fall in deep turquoise blue waters, and
perhaps see wild orchids.
you will stay in a beautiful former family house, with original rustic furnishings, a greenhouse and garden;
a whimsical place near the sea.
you will have a single room, but as it is a family home, there is one bathroom to share.
you will have access to a car to explore the island on your afternoon assignments.
the group is limited to 4 people to provide maximum support, with both one to one and group sessions.

in short, you can expect:
intense days
full of experiences and learning
guided from the heart with knowledge and care.

you may choose to attend one of two identical workshops 

 workshop 1 from 3. of June to 9. of June
 workshop 2 from 10. of June to 16. of June


*required knowledge and equipment:
good understanding of manual (RAW) photography, camera handling and basic digital image processing
one digital camera body
3 or 4 lenses depending on camera type (wide/normal/portrait/macro)
laptop and external hard drive for image processing and review
working knowledge of photoshop/capture one, or similar software
(power adaptor, if needed)
portable reflector
driver licence (if you have one)
your own personal travel insurance is required, especially if you wish to drive 


*retreat includes:
*5 full days of workshops, plus 1 arrival and 1 departure day
*personal one-on-one sessions
*6 nights accommodation (private bedroom with shared bathroom)
*6 breakfasts
*5 lunches
*6 dinners
* access to a shared hire car, including for transfers from and to Visby airport
* trips to special places and shops on Gotland

*not included:
travel to and from Gotland
any personal purchases such as props and souvenirs, or food and drinks bought while out exploring

workshop is to be paid in advance
 *price 2.987,- € *
class fee is without vat,
other fees depending on country  

*if you are interested,  please send me an email, and i will send you the application form.


*feedback from past workshop participants:
“I truly would recommend this workshop for everyone who wants to move forward in their creative work. I think was the best workshop I’ve ever attended. For me it was an opening experience and even more importantly, I felt I could accept myself as a creative and human being.”

“I would absolutely recommend your workshop to others. I thought it was fantastic.”

“I loved your lessons and the ‘presence’ you brought to each day. I felt ‘seen’ by you and in doing so felt propelled to really investigate myself and my process. You are a very special teacher/facilitator.”

“It’s given me more courage to just try and make.”

“The workshop helped shine light on change that I had bubbling under the surface. Sometimes you need time, space and a person to help you see the change you are trying to create.”

“I think some kind of process started in me during the workshop and it’s bringing me closer to what I really want to do.”

*about Dietlind:
Dietlind’s work is determined by her unique way of perceiving the world with all the senses – always surprising and inspiring.
she is an international photographic and ceramic artist, represented by Taverne Agency.
her photographic stories are seen regularly in international magazines such as Sweet Paul, Happinez Netherlands, Home and Garden.
her ceramic functional art collection is exclusively available at ABC Home in New York and on personal request, and has been featured in international magazines including Marie Claire Maison, Elle Decoration UK, China Ceramics Illustrated, and in books such as “Happy“ by Amanda Talbot (Murdock Books) and “Your Idea Starts Here“ by Carolyn Eckert (Storey Publishing). the collection has also been exhibited in fairs including “Maison et Objet Paris”, and in galleries in Amsterdam and Paris.
Dietlind’s illustrations and photography have been published by Storey Publishing and DM Store Window Display
together with Torsten Suedfels (photographer) and Pia Westermann (food stylist), she co-founded Kitchentrinity, to provide sensual food pleasure and manage big campaigns, including most recently for Fage International. Kitchentrinity is represented by Taverne Agency.
Dietlind is also known for her lectures as guest speaker at the Hive conference (English) in Berlin, and her regular appearances at Liz and Jewels food styling and photography workshops.

Dietlind has an exceptional sense for color and materials in her art, which she combines with her expertise as former textile designer for haute couture, long time prop stylist, ceramicist, photographer and her never ending curiosity.
she has an eye for the unintentional and an awareness for the moment.
it is the things happening in the corner of your eyes that make her work so authentic.
a leading idea or concept sets the framework for her work, which is defined by an over-all conceptual perception and a special eye for detail.
viewing her photography is always a sensuous and poetic encounter.

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