WORKSHOP: SUMMER 2005
7 - 13, 2004
Tenants Harbor, Maine
Iceberg #11 Change
Islands, Newfoundland - 2004 (From "Summer Ice")
GP-1 Gold-toned photograph
(Click to enlarge)
a memorable week expanding your photographic horizons,
while enjoying world-class cooking and camaraderie
Anne at home on Otis Point
workshop is held in my home and studio in Tenants Harbor,
Maine - right on the mouth of the beautiful Penobscot Bay.
We begin our time together Sunday evening with introductions
and a lobster feast (can you eat two?) and finish the week
the following Saturday at noon.
covers numerous historical toning processes, with special
emphasis on contemporary split-toning - including my
signature GP-1 gold split-process.
chemical toners have been employed since photography's earliest
days to enhance permanence, using them for their expressive
possibilities is a relatively recent phenomenon. Throughout
the week, we recreate the sense of experimentation and discovery
that our 19th-century photographic forefathers enjoyed as
we seek to infuse our images with some of the soulfulness
that can emerge when image and process "marry."
Discussions through the week will center on the nature and
origins of images.
by Nate Apkon
Click to enlarge
will also experiment with the exotic mordançage
process (a variation on the historic "etch/bleach"
process perfected by Jean-Pierre Sudre in France), and make
at least one 9'x4' cyanotype mural. I encourage the use
of low-tech cameras during the week (plastic Dianas or Holgas
as well as pin-hole).
are two darkrooms in the house (one private, one gang) for
making new prints during the week. However, all the real work
- with the toners - will take place outdoors under
an awning, with wonderful garden views and, of course, superb
believe that learning happens best in a friendly, agreeable
atmosphere. Jane and I have worked in restaurants for many years,
and we've traveled extensively - including a dozen or so trips
to France - so we feel up to the task of playing host both photographically
and personally!! My teaching style is irreverent and upbeat.
We are committed to making this week intimate and soulful. Most
of all we want the week to be fun for everyone - including us!
aboard the Lady Anne
Monhegan Island Vista
week's fee will include a trip to Monhegan Island. On
Wednesday we'll board The Lady Anne (with our good friends
Dave and Anne Sinclair) and they will bring us out to Monhegan,
with sightseeing along the way - seals, ospreys, puffins! -
and maybe even a whale!!!
is a typical day:
8:30 - Each
morning starts with coffee, fruit, and homemade muffins, etc. I
usually begin each day conversing about some aspect of image-making
or the creative process before we mix our chemistry and begin the
morning's work. We might, for instance, explore what our sense of
smell might teach us about how we see
- Lunch is on-your-own, and there are numerous wonderful informal
waterside establishments nearby with picnic tables overlooking the
ocean. One may also choose to make a light lunch from fruit and
veggies from the garden
4:30 - Formal
class-time will cease - allowing people time to explore, relax,
read, or take a swim (we have a quarry in our backyard, as well
as lovely beaches nearby on this peninsula).
6:30 - 7:00-
"Happy Hour" followed by dinner. Meals are very important
in workshops - significant conversations occur. Therefore, Jane
and I will be preparing and serving the evening meals. The
workshop is BYOB, but as I make upwards of 300 bottles of wine each
year, I will certainly be sharing some of my wine as well. We anticipate
plenty of lobster and seafood will be on hand, as well as an abundance
of salad and vegetables fresh from our garden, and selections off
the grill... local, hearty and, we think you'll agree - delicious
Workshop costs a total of $1675 - which will cover the class, darkroom,
paper allotment, and lab fees (including the gold toner), as well
as breakfast and dinner, and boat fare to Monhegan Island. Room
accommodations will be made individually, and prices begin in the
$300/wk range (reserve early to get the best rates!!)
happy to assist you in your room search!
We'd be happy to assist you in choosing and reserving your room.
There are numerous attractive possibilities very handy to my studio,
including (but not limited to):
Long Cove Cottages
- A great spot and within walking distance of my studio; 3 weekly-rental
cottages, all having two bedrooms, living room with cable TV, full
kitchen and sun deck. Saturday to Saturday rentals are $595. Great
for persons traveling with family. (We would be happy to try to
facilitate pairing 2 people into a cabin to share the cost.) 207-372-8994
The East Wind
- Right on Tenants Harbor and 1.75 miles from the studio. Single
rooms with shared bath $105/night; private bath $145/night; 207-372-6366
is Good Bed & Breakfast
- Also in Tenants Harbor. All
rooms $75/night. 207-372-6125
Craignair Inn (www.craignair.com)
- (Distance: 2 miles) With ocean
views; Rooms with private baths
$125/night; shared bath $65/night
(doubles $92). 207-594-7644
The Ocean House
- in Port Clyde (7 miles away on the very end of the peninsula).
Rooms with private bath $79.50-$93.50/night; shared bath $65.50/night.
Lobster Buoy Campground (Waterman's
Beach, Spruce Head - about 7
miles from studio); 594-7546