Jonathan Bailey  
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August 7 - 13, 2004
Tenants Harbor, Maine

Iceberg #11 Change Islands, Newfoundland - 2004 (From "Summer Ice")
GP-1 Gold-toned photograph
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Spend a memorable week expanding your photographic horizons,
while enjoying world-class cooking and camaraderie…

sunset over Tenants Harbor
The Lady Anne at home on Otis Point

This one-week 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.

The class covers numerous historical toning processes, with special emphasis on contemporary split-toning - including my signature GP-1 gold split-process.

Although 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.

2003 Workshop group aboard The Lady Anne
Mordançage by Nate Apkon
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We 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).

There 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 ventilation



Glenn, Matt, and John under the toning tent
I 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!
2003 Workshop group aboard The Lady Anne
Group portrait aboard the Lady Anne
Monhegan Island vista
Monhegan Island Vista
The 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!!!

This 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….

12:00 - 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 cuisine.

Dinner is served!The 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!!)… We are happy to assist you in your room search!


Lodging suggestions:
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 Inn ( - 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

Life is Good Bed & Breakfast ( - Also in Tenants Harbor. All rooms $75/night. 207-372-6125

The Craignair Inn ( - (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. 1-800-269-6691

The Lobster Buoy Campground (Waterman's Beach, Spruce Head - about 7 miles from studio); 594-7546