Creating Your Vision (CYV) photography workshops, organized by photographer extraordinaire, David Lee Black, involve professional models interacting with art in a unique space. Participants in the two-hour sessions can direct the models to move and pose as they navigate the venue. In each workshop, David provides insights into composition, lighting, technical details, and how to create your own vision through storytelling. Below you'll find a recap of the CYV workshops I attended, as well as links to my images from the sessions.
This CYV workshop was held at American Motorcycle Service (Framingham, Massachusetts) on December 9, 2018. AMS is a working custom bike shop featuring award winning motorcycles designed by master craftsman, Scottie Porges. Professional ballerina Rhea Sky Keller posed on the bikes in dance costumes and casual clothing. At first blush, the juxtaposition of a ballerina and massive metallic machines seems to be an odd contradiction. In fact, the bold curves and grace of the bikes were a perfect complement to Rhea's soft, fluid ballet movements. As in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the line between subject and object blurred as Rhea found her groove on Scottie's magnificent metal steads. The workshop was a wonderful opportunity to open our photographic creativity machines full throttle.
In this CYV workshop, “ONENIÁSHONA~Yakohsa’tens” ("Rock Paint" in English), a member of the Mohawk tribe, performed ceremonial drumming at the Natick, Massachusetts studio of David Lang, the late kinetic sculptor, aviator, painter, photographer, and teacher. The event took place on November 4, 2018, five days shy of the one year anniversary of Lang's untimely passing. Rock Paint wore full regalia and interacted with Lang's unique artwork, aptly described by WBUR's "The Artery" as "mischievous and chimerical." I never met David Lang, but from what workshop organizer David Lee Black told us, I think he would have given a nod to the presence of Rock Paint in his wonderful otherworldly studio. The experience of photographing in this environment was inspiring, humbling, and deeply moving.
This CYV workshop, held on October 20, 2018, entailed professional ballet dancer Alan Alberto interacting with the rope-based animal sculptures and other artwork featured in Cambridge Art Association's Creature Comfort's exhibit. The extraorindary creatures, created by Gin Stone, are made of hand dyed reclaimed longline fishing gear. Nature photos on the wall by Gail Samuelson and scultpure pieces by Christine Kyle brought literal and fanciful elements to the exhibit, as did the diaphonous filmy prints by Daniel Zeese. Alan's cat-like movements beautifully complemented the static creatures on exhibit.