The Long-term Personal Project | May

The Long-term Personal Project: Seeing with Intuition, Personality, and Experimentation

Date  | Saturdays, May 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2023

Time  |   9AM – 4 PM

Location |  Colorado Photographic Arts Center

1070 Bannock Street, Denver, CO, 80204

Cost  |  $720 Member | $792 Non-Member

Instructor  |  Trent Davis Bailey

Skill Level  |  Photographers of all skill levels are welcome


Each participant will develop a unique personal project over the course of a month while applying various photographic strategies and approaches with the goal of establishing the foundation for a long-term project, which they may continue to work on for years, or refining and building upon an ongoing project.

Course Description:

In this in-person workshop, participants will be given individualized photography assignments and
taught contemporary strategies and examples for working on long-term personal projects. Emphasis will be given on photographing one’s family, community, home, and/or a nearby location/subject over the course of a month. Because classes meet weekly, participants will be able to work unhurriedly compared to, say, a traditional weekend or consecutive 5-day workshop. This could be an ideal opportunity for participants who have an ongoing project, but it could also be useful for participants who wish to conceive of a new project establishing a distinctive way of looking at their immediate relationships and environment. We will learn, through historical and contemporary examples, how artists have successfully pushed beyond the familiar and have found unconventional, and sometimes poetic or comedic, approaches to their personal work to infer wide-ranging societal issues and cultural themes. This class is designed for all levels of photographers who have a working knowledge of digital or analog photography and who are interested embarking on a long-term photographic project. Participants may use cameras of their choice: smartphones, digital cameras, and film cameras are all acceptable. Through in-class presentations, as well as group critiques of each participants’ work, we will navigate the diverse ways in which artists use photography as a medium for storytelling to explore broad notions of family, community, place, identity, self-realization, intimacy, humor, heartache, and loss. In addition to photo-sequencing exercises, the final form and presentation of each participant’s project will be discussed and considered as a photobook or exhibition. One additional one-hour, 1:1 online follow-up session with each participant and the instructor may be scheduled within three months after the workshop

  • Long-term Photographic Projects (with an emphasis on family and community)
  • Photo History
  • Photo Sequencing
  • Contemporary Photographic Practice
  • Presentation (Photobooks and Exhibitions)

Materials Needed:

  • Digital or analog camera (film cameras, digital cameras, and smartphones are all acceptable)