Finding Photos Where You Find Yourself
Pictures are everywhere — it doesn't matter if you live in the city, a suburb, or a quiet rural country. Even the most common places hold visual riches if we know where and how to look and can shake ourselves out of the complacency that can accompany familiarity. How can we make ourselves more visually receptive to the world of our everyday lives? This class will give you tools and strategies to find and make new pictures wherever you find yourself by studying your surroundings with love, attention, and care and focusing on subjects that already energize and attract us. When we bring this level of care and presence to our photography, we'll find the universe (and the universal) hiding in plain sight — and a way to practice photography that can help free us from creative ruts and spark new and different directions for our work.
James Prochnik is a Brooklyn-based photographer who uses photography as a means to explore the world outside, focusing on people, place, memory and the poetry of the everyday. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Vice Media, Lenscratch, USA Today, and Shots Magazine and have been exhibited in galleries around the country. In 2019, James launched NYC Photo Community — a weekly newsletter listing photography events, workshops, exhibitions, and opportunities for photographers everywhere. James has been a regular guest lecturer on ethics and aesthetics in street photography at the University of Vermont.James teaches street photography for StrudelmediaLive.