The Narrative Landscape | November

The Narrative Landscape

Date  |  Saturday & Sunday November 13-14, 2021

Time  |   10AM-5PM

Location |  Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC)

1070 Bannock St.,  Denver, CO 80204

Cost  |  $396 Non-Member   $360 Members

Instructor  |  Tim Richmond

Skill Level  |  Intermediate to Advanced

The idea that a landscape contains within it a narrative, largely brought to by the viewer, a form of poetic quality, that through being unspecified, the landscape can attach itself to many opening threads for a narrative.
I will be looking at how landscape photography can learn from cinema, in establishing nuances that suggest a place, even if that place does not in reality exist, but is linked by individual landscapes that combined can create an extraordinary sense of “a place”.

The instructor will be explaining his own documentary practice and the manner in which landscapes combined with people, create a “people/ places dynamic” that is a poetic way of showing imagery. Through additionally examining the work of other photographers, painters, and of course filmmakers, he will examine the narrative potential of cinema, especially in reference to the establishing opening shots, and how in cinema the opening credits can truly establish a sense of place, and mood, through landscape imagery.

During the workshop, we will study, see film clips, discuss the students’ work, and ambitions for the work, as well as going out later in the day to “look”, without a camera initially, and then collect the camera and go out to find images that convey the narrative potential. Reviewing the images the following morning, further discussions on the nature of the narrative landscape, before going out on the second day for a longer field walk and realizing the potential of the learning.

Materials needed:

A camera, could be film or digital. But for purposes of reviewing if shooting film, then also shoot a digital version, even on a phone, for reference and discussion.