How does a portrait anchored in a particular location offer more information about the person in the frame? How can the environment act as an extensible metaphor of interiority or show you what the person cares about and how they spend their time? Over the course of two days, you will explore examples of environmental portraiture, the act of photographing subjects in specific places.
Make your own portraits integrating ideas of place more conscientiously into your compositions. Often environmental portraiture focuses on where people spend time working or living, but you will think of this idea to include the natural surroundings of Door County as well. This workshop will focus on working mostly with what you have, including available light and the circumstances around you. Use your camera to talk to strangers and find out more about their life. Familiarity with your camera is required for this workshop.
Rachel Herman's photo-based work has been exhibited nationally, including in a recent portraiture show at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, a solo show at Light Work, and group shows with Humble Arts and Photographic Center Northwest. Other exhibitions include the Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City and HungryMan, SHoP, and Links Hall in Chicago. Rachel was a long-term visiting artist at Illinois State University and had an accompanying exhibition in Gallery2.5/University Galleries in Bloomington-Normal, IL. She has been an artist in residence in the Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center and is currently an adjunct photography instructor at Columbia College and DePaul University's First-Year Program. She earned a MFA in Visual Arts and Visual Theory from the University of Chicago.