“I live in the small town of Camden, Maine, on the coast. I tend to see the world quietly, so I’m drawn to those sorts of places,” explains Photographer Tillman Crane. We’re so happy to be hosting Tillman for a day-long version of his popular workshop “Extraordinary Images In Ordinary Places” (August 29th) where you’ll be experiencing both Tillman’s quiet style, and the inspirational location of our own small-town of Middlebury, Vermont. Tillman is among those professionals whose workshops are on the bucket lists of many learner-enthusiasts. Students benefit when an instructor has an established visual voice, evident through a tried and true process and studied processing. We recommend you join what will be an intimate group of mid-level to advanced photographers (both amateur and professional), for a presentation of process, a field excursion to shoot, and follow-up critique with just such an instructor.
As the deadline to PPG’s current Call for Entry approaches (July 13th), we’re channeling the talents of Tillman to motivate those of you who have yet to enter to “Black & White.” We know you’ve got some great B&W images in those archives – if not, make note of the following advice, and get out there and shoot some!
Director James Barker recently posted an informational interview with Tillman with plenty of advice. “I try to be sensitive to what the light’s doing…I tend to react to what’s there.” He advises not to enter into a potential photograph with a preconceived notion of what the light should be. You’ll either miss the beauty of what is there, in waiting for what you wish was there, or, you’ll try to create an image that will inevitably be less than effective under an incompatible circumstance. Good advice.
“I like to go back and back and back to locations…” Tillman reveals. A dynamite image doesn’t usually happen upon the first visit. When he goes back, he knows the light will be different “…and I’m also going to be different…”. Recognize both the qualities of the external present, and those internal as both affect the outcome. In a July 3rd post on Tillman’s website, he proclaims, “To consistently make good photographs requires practice. And I mean practice with intention.” More good advice!
While preparing your submission for the Black & White call for entry, or contemplating your portfolio, or for the purposes of planning and executing upcoming and future projects, success comes with disciplined practice, mindfulness of self and environment, and a gift. “…the greatest gift you can [give yourself]: the permission to do your own work. Follow your muse…”
Thank you Tillman, for a great interview, and for your recommendations! As the new www.photoplacegallery.com processes our Photographers’ submissions for the Black & White jury, and we wait together for the curated results, we’ll be anticipating a visit from Tillman live and in-person on Aug. 28/29. We at PPG, and Tillman himself, are looking forward to seeing your work, and perhaps you yourself, very soon!