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Todd Gilens: The Wish to Photograph
Sunday, April 19, 2020

10:00 am – 4:00pm
Garland Ranch Regional Park, Monterey, CA
Limit 10 students
Price: $125 CPA members, $150 non-members.
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How does taking pictures change our experience of the world around us? Explore what’s behind the pictures we take, and the ones we wish we could take, in a class that examines the wish to capture the world in still images. This is not a technical course but one in which we reflect on our mental, emotional and perceptual processes in the pursuit of images.

Through exercises and experiments with and without a camera, we’ll explore how photography brings us into dialogue with our surroundings. We’ll consider how unbounded nature is framed and pictures “taken,” consider the role of composition and photographic morality, and how the shaping of intent influences the images we find and create. There will be short, easy walks, time for writing, discussion and, of course, taking pictures. Throughout the day we will discover and articulate our own photographic goals and challenges.

Both beginning and advanced photographers are welcome, as well as those curious about photography. Come prepared with a camera of some kind, a willingness to share experiences and to take creative risks. Readings, reference images and a short bibliography will be provided for further inquiry.

Meet at the visitors center at Garland Regional Park, Carmel Valley, CA.
Bring good walking shoes, layers of clothing, water, lunch, writing materials, and a camera.

Don’t miss Todd Gilens exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art which runs from April 10 – May 3.
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Todd Gilens has explored the interactions of images and places for thirty-five years, working with materials such as playing cards, concrete, beans, photography, and paint. His large-scale photographic works include “Red Shift,” an eight-hundred square-foot mural at Stockholm University; “Endangered Species,” four bus-wraps which circulated San Francisco in 2011-12; and “Shade,” a hundred-foot-long digital print adhered to the propagation house of the University of California Berkeley Botanical Garden. Concurrent with this workshop, an exhibition of his photographs and drawings will be at the Monterey Museum of Art, April 10 to May 3. Todd has completed artists residencies in the US, Canada and the UK, and led workshops at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, community centers and public schools in Oakland, Richmond and Philadelphia. From 2013 to 2018 he taught ecology classes in the landscape architecture department at the Academy of Art University. He holds a masters degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University and his website is www.toddgilens.com


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