2-Day Workshops – 2021
Informative, Inspirational, Challenging, & Creative
” Artistic Expression”
A Workshop in Photography as Art
Fir forest near the garden
Location: Workshops are held at the Chris Harris Gallery at 105 Mile (near 100 Mile House) in the Cariboo region of central British Columbia. The studio gallery, a straw bale construction, is set amidst aspen trees, and a bird watching conservancy. Rita’s wild garden and homemade culinary-art will keep everyone nourished both physically and spiritually.
Number of participants: Between 7 and 10 depending on Covid compliancy.
Registration: Registration is open upon receipt of the January, 2021 Newsletter and are on a first come – first serve basis. Please email to reserve your space; an application form will be sent for you to print, complete, scan, and return by email. You will receive an invoice by email which can be paid by credit card, and your registration is then guaranteed. Two months prior to your workshop date, you will receive a letter with full details about the workshop; the schedule, any prerequisites and requirements, what to bring, and accommodation suggestions. Refunds will be issued in the event of illness or lockdown.
July 10-11, 2021
July 24-25, 2021
Fee: $315./per. including tax (includes Rita’s homemade snacks and lunches)
Aspen forest near the garden
The Workshop: Artistic Expression: A Workshop in Photography as Art
Art is expression; expression is language; art is the language of expression.
Through illustrated talks on art and photography, in-the-field art projects, and collaborative evaluation sessions, you will discover new ways to interpret familiar realities into new, unique, and never-before-seen expressions, using exclusively in-camera techniques.
- The emphasis is on journeying beyond representational image making. By blending technical and creative aspects of photography, you will celebrate new ways to communicate visually.
- With personalized assistance, you will take your photography beyond the obvious; to a level you never knew existed or thought possible.
- ‘In-camera’ techniques will free you to visualize and develop your very own unique expression.
“This workshop explores an entirely new way that a camera can be used to create art. Chris’ enthusiasm, creativeness, and encouragement, is infectious. I came away excited to explore this new approach and to incorporate it into my photography”. D.C. – Bridge Lake Camera Group
This 2-Day workshop will take you on a journey toward photographic artistry. Illustrations, discussion, and in-the-field assignments will centre around representational, expressionist, and abstract styles of image making.
By reviewing the images below and on my website portfolios, you will gain an insight into these 3 major styles of photographic expression. By expanding your overall awareness of creative possibilities, the goal is for each participant to leave the workshop feeling excited about developing a more personal and articulate photographic language of expression.
Impressionist interpretation of a forest and back-country road
Abstract expression of a country landscape
Multiple perspective portrayal of people leaving a city-centre
Abstract expression of urban skyscrapers
Photographic impression of a cemetery.
Familiar coloured objects can become expressive abstract art
- Participants must be familiar with their camera and how to operate it. Know where settings are located; be proficient at switching from single exposure to multiple exposure modes, from single shooting to high-speed shooting; and, be able to make exposure changes through your exposure compensation function. Bring instruction manuals as a reference. Don’t forget batteries and battery chargers.
- Participants must bring a laptop with preferred editing software. Also, bring power cords, card readers, and flash drive/UBS sticks for downloading, editing, and submitting images for review.
All artists require the proper tools to fully express themselves within the medium they are working. The ultimate scenario to take best advantage of this workshop is to have a camera with a Multiple Exposure (ME) Function of 9 or 10 with 4 Blend Modes. However, this is not a requirement. If your camera does not have a ME function, or takes ME’s of only 2, this is fine, however, you will not be able to practice or make all of the expressive styles of image making being taught. You will be able to make some types of expressive images, and you will learn what creative styles of image making are possible with different camera makes, models, and functions.
New COVID-19 protocols
COVID-19 has led me to a new ‘COVID-Friendly‘ approach to teaching photography. Individualized 2-day workshops for only 7 participants is now available should Covid restrictions be severe. This not only meets the need for social-distancing, it provides the personalized attention required to clearly understand new ways of expression. If Covid restrictions are reduced, the number of participants could increase to a maximum of 10.
“Your 2-day workshop presentation was well beyond my expectations. Going in, I had no idea just what a profound effect your workshop would have on my outlook on photography. You threw the door wide open and gave us an understanding of the endless possibilities that lie within our grasp…….the way you critiqued our images was an encouraging and informative experience. Attending your workshop was a privilege” S.J. – Bridge Lake Photo Group- 2020
“The Chris Harris Photo Workshop opened a whole new realm of photographic possibilities and opportunities. The MCC team learned firsthand that is was possible to accomplish a great deal more ‘in-camera’ than what they previously thought possible. The results obtained under Chris’ guidance were nothing short of remarkable.” G.L. – Montreal Camera Club – 2018.
“The in-camera artistic experience you’ve given us has inspired me to look at things around me as photographic opportunities, and to experiment and experience a creative art form with confidence”. S.R – Montreal Camera Club – 2018
Develop Your Creative Vision – 2021
Fish nets. Abstract
One-week intensive photographic workshops
Chris Harris & Dennis Ducklow
Accompany photographers Chris Harris and Dennis Ducklow for one week in an extraordinary place. Join them on a journey into unseen worlds of expressive art.
Everything you need to know about the workshop is on the Develop Your Creative Vision website. Have a look!
Arbutus tree near our residence
For details or to register, visit the website Develop Your Creative Vision
Dates and locations for 2021.
Bella Coola: July 30-August 5, 2021 SOLD OUT
Gabriola Island: September 10-16, 2021 SPACE AVAILABLE
Gabriola Island: September 17-23, 2021 Date Change – SPACE AVAILABLE
For general information you may contact either Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris at email@example.com