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Conceptual Pet Portraits Lecture and Demonstration

1-Evening Lecture
Monday, November 7, 2022: 5:30 PM–8 PM

Copyright © Jessica Somers

Join us for an evening of conversation, photography, dogs, and conversations about dog photography. Photographer Jessica Somers will present her newest body of work, My Trinity is a Fortress, and talk about the art of creating conceptually based pet portraits. The lecture will include a demonstration on conceiving and creating a conceptual dog portrait led by Jessica and her furry pal Grover. Following the demonstration, Jessica will give a brief overview of how she edits her photos to create a completed piece.

This lecture is for dog lovers, photography lovers, and anyone who is interested in photographing pets with a conceptual twist. Please bring your love of animals and photography with you but we ask that you leave your beloved pets at home.

We will follow current CDC guidelines and local mandates concerning masking requirements.

Non-members: $25
Members (PhotoSynthesis & Burnside Darkroom Collective): $22.50
Course Enrollment: 10–25
Instructor: Jessica Somers (

Jessica Somers is a photographer specializing in historic photographic techniques and self-portraiture.

Jessica has been in love with photography for most of her life. She was exposed to the act of picture making through her grandfather, an avid amateur photographer, and in the family bathroom-turned-darkroom after sunset. Here, she witnessed actual magic standing over the chemical trays watching an image appear where only a simple white sheet of paper was before. As a kid she received a Kodak disc camera and fell in love with the act of expressing her individual view of the world from the 4 foot high perspective of a seven year old. Her height has since increased but her love affair with photography continues.

Jessica’s work has been exhibited nationally and has been published in various periodicals. Her research on alternative processes and select photographs are published in the 3rd edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James.  Jessica is a 2020 Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship Award recipient. She currently teaches photography throughout Connecticut and at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA.

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