Animals Through the Lens
Traer Scott, Instructor
Dates: July 11th – 15th, 2021 (9am-4pm)
Creating profound and inspired images of the animals that we share our world with is a challenging yet deeply rewarding endeavor. This workshop is intended for photographers who want to make artful, evocative images of animals that reflect both the ethos of the photographer and the intelligence and individuality of the subject. The goal of the workshop is for students to learn and explore different aesthetic and philosophical approaches to photographing animals, while receiving instruction in technique, all in a passionate and supportive group setting.
We will explore why artists choose animals as subjects, and what stories can be told through portrait, documentary, and fine art photography. We will also address the practical challenges of photographing a subject with a mind of its own, how to avoid visual and emotional clichés, and the sometimes political issues associated with using animals as subjects.
There will be daily location shoots, assignments, edits and group discussions, as well as group portfolio sessions and many opportunities to get up close and personal with a myriad of different animals. Assignments include photographing horses, livestock and domestic animals at local farms, sanctuaries, and non-profit organizations.
Course Goals: Guided creation of new work, portfolio development, technical and artistic advancement, career guidance
Course Outcomes: New portfolio of images, strengthened technical and artistic skills, increased knowledge of industry and opportunities
Suggested Text(s): Various handouts from instructor
Instructor Bio: Traer Scott Photography