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From Concept to Creation: Making Personally Meaningful Photographs 

2-Day Class
Saturday, May 4, 2024: 10am–4pm
Sunday, May 5, 2024: 9am–5pm

© Jessica Somers

This is an immersive workshop that takes you on a creative journey to discover and define your unique photographic style. The focus will be on photography as a fine art and a form of self-expression. You will explore personal perspectives through guided writing sessions, introspective exercises, and group discussions. The workshop will culminate in a hands-on photography session where you will craft an image that represents your photographic style. The objective of this workshop is for you to cultivate a personally meaningful visual narrative and to learn methods for sustaining a creative photographic practice.

Workshop attendees should come to this course with some photography experience. A camera is required for the second day of the workshop. It is recommended that participants work in a digital format for the workshop so that photographs can be completed within the time constraints of the session. The concepts covered in this workshop, however, apply to both analog and digital photographic methods. While not required, a laptop with Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop installed is recommended for the second day of the workshop.

Non-member: $225.00
PhotoSynthesis Classic Member: $202.50
Burnside Darkroom Collective Member: $191.25
Course Enrollment: 6–8
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 2022 Denis Roussel Award, Work of Merit recipient. She currently teaches photography at colleges and universities throughout Connecticut.

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