NUDE AS FORM
with CONNIE IMBODEN
7 - 12 September 2021
Saga - Inderøy - Norway
The human form, distorted, reflected, or transformed. Join our workshop with Connie Imboden and discover new ways to explore this most popular subject.
This workshop will stretch your creative vision to new levels and change the way you view the world through your lense.
Connie is a master of creating spellbinding images of the human form, often using reflective surfaces like water or mirrors.
The goal of our workshop with Connie Imboden is to learn to use the camera as a tool to discover new ways of looking at and interpreting the human form. By looking at it as form, we will learn to develop an intuitive visual approach in photographing the body, in order to see it in a new way and be truly original with this most popular subject.
The workshop will consist of lectures, discussions, exercises, assignments, image critic and a lot of shooting time. The first day is spent looking closely at the human body as form. We then go outside and look at the human form in relation to nature. We will also be shooting at a private pool to practise shooting in, under and above water. If you do not want to get into the water yourself, you will still get a chance to photograph the model in water.
Students will leave this workshop with a new approach in photographing nudes. You will also discovered the magic that can happen when we transform the human form by using reflections, water, mirroring, movement, and light.
'Our vision is so often limited by what we know that we see - what we expect to see - instead of what is actually in front of us. This can be particularly challenging when photographing the nude, a subject dominated by preconceptions.
The nude, more than any other subject, is the most popular in the history of art, and possibly the most controversial. Artists have been fascinated with the body since the Venus de Willendorf, a small statue estimated to be over 20,000 years old, through the Greek and Roman period of idealising the body, Michelangelo’s David, Edward Weston’s famous nudes, Robert Mapplethorpe’s explicitly erotic nudes, and through the late 20th-century views of sexualised images influenced by Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and Playboy glamour.
We already have a myriad of preconceptions as to what a nude should look like, what is a beautiful nude, what is appropriate, what is not appropriate, what is tasteless, what is offensive, and so on. All of this contributes to the nude as an incredibly powerful and popular subject, while at the same time an extremely challenging one and difficult to see in an original way' - Connie Imboden
We will use local models for this workshop.
NOK 10.200,- (deposit NOK 2.200,-). This does not include travel costs, accommodations or meals.
Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.
SAGA / ACCOMMODATION:
The workshop takes place at our creative center SAGA in Norway.
Saga is a creative retreat center, with large spacious rooms, a homely atmosphere, and beautiful nature right outside the door. The stress of day to day life is left behind when you enter our center, so you can focus all your energy on expanding your creative talent and adopting new skills. SAGA has a hotel section, which offers accommodation for participants during the workshop. If SAGA is fully booked we will organise alternative accommodation nearby in the same price range.
Saga is known for it's fresh homemade food. We will start each day with a healthy breakfast, before heading to class, or out shooting. We serve warm lunch at SAGA every day. Breakfast and varm lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay is included in the accommodation fee.
If you are not staying at our hotel you can still be part of the meal plan.
Meal Plan: breakfast, varm lunch, coffe/ tea and fruit pr day: Nok 455,-.
If you have any food allergies please let us know when you register for your class and we will try to accommodate your needs.
For dinner: the options will be discussed with the group on arrival. There are one restaurant in walking distance to SAGA, and several in driving distance. Dinner is not included. Saga has a full liquor license.
PRICE ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS:
Shared double-room: NOK 1.200,- per person. The price includes shared double room, breakfast, warm home-cocked lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay. To get a shared double room requires that we have another participant of your gender, that can share. If we do not, you will get a private room - see price below.
Private room: NOK 1.350,- per night. The price includes a private room, breakfast, warm home-cocked lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay.
Payment for accommodations and meals is done directly to SAGA, before you depart. SAGA accept Visa and MasterCard.
GETTING TO THE LOCATION:
The closest airport to SAGA is Trondheim International Airport. From the airport, take the northbound train (towards Steinkjer), which stops at the airport terminal about every two hours. You will disembark the train at Røra Station (about 1 hour and 10 minutes) where NORDphotography’s van will be to greet you and transport you to SAGA. Estimated travel time to SAGA from (Time include direct flight to Trondheim Airport + train to SAGA): Oslo: 2 hours / Bodø: 2 hours / Copenhagen: 3 hours / Stockholm: 3 hours / New York: 12 hours (NYC+Oslo+Trondheim)
You disembark the train at Røra Station and NORDphotography’s van will be to greet you and take you to SAGA. Estimated travel time to Røra by train from: Oslo: 9 hours / Trondheim: 2 hours / Bodø: 9.5 hours / Storlien (Sweden): 3.5 hours. For the local train schedule see: www.vy.no
Follow E6 to Røra, then RV 755 to Straumen.
Travel expenses are each participant's own responsibility.
Full: NOK 10.200,-
Deposit: NOK 2.200,-
Se payment details in the workshop description.
Registration on our workshops are binding
WHEN TO ARRIVE:
The workshop starts on the 7TH of September, at 7PM.
WHEN TO DEPART:
The workshop ends on the 12TH of September, at 1PM.
We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed on. The confirmation will happen no later than a month before the workshop start.
WHAT TO BRING:
Students are expected to bring a small portfolio (max 10 images) of their work (print or digital) to the class.
You should bring swimwear, swim googles and waterproof case for your camera, or water proof camera if you wish to work in water. A weight belt might come in handy.
You need to bring your camera, laptop, and reflector(s). A tripod would be useful.
Connie Imboden has taught for over 30 years, as faculty at The Maryland Institute College of Art as well as instructing various workshops and institutions throughout the United States, France, the Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates.
Her photographs have been exhibited in an extensive range of group and solo shows at galleries and museums across the Americas, Europe, and China and are in museum collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Bibliothèque Nationales in Paris, France, and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany.
Her first book entitled “Out of Darkness” with essays by Charles–Henri Favrod and A.D. Coleman, won the Silver Medal in Switzerland’s “Schonste Bucher Aus Aller Welt (Most Beautiful Book in the World)” Award in 1993. Her fourth and most recent monograph, “Reflections; 25 Years of Photography”, was published in 2009 by Insight Editions with essays by Arthur Ollman, Julian Cox and John Wood.