THE BEAUTY OF WOMEN
with Elizabeth Opalenik
16 - 21 June 2020
Saga - Inderøy - Norway
“All good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imaginations and dreams.”
Spend 5 day creating sensual images celebrating the beauty of women as you develop your skills as a photographic artist.
On our workshop with Elizabeth Opalenik we will explore the concept of beauty, in portraiture, the human form, ourselves and each other, while we focus on ways to create emotive photographs that poetically capture our subject. We will be using local models, experimenting with styling, props, movement within the frame and seizing the moment. But most importantly, we will find the beauty within each individuals’ universe.
Images are stepping stones that bear the visual imprint of stories left behind, but good images don’t just happen. Quite often our best work lies just beyond our greatest failures. In this workshop's uniquely supportive environment, you learn to transform those failures into fuel for forging new ideas and exploring new paths.
There will be multiple sessions throughout the week which will function as stepping stones to your expanded vision. There will also be assignments meant to challenge and spark your creative thought process, while learning how to connect with your models and gain trust.
There will be demonstrations on how to combine natural lighting with the use of reflectors and how the use of infrared (digital) creates an ethereal capturing of the sensual skin tone quality. Elizabeth will show various ways to work with water, using simple props as we explore naked/ versus nude and sensual/ versus sexual.
We will conduct image critics during the week and work together on sharing ideas to find new ways to make your images convey what you feel.
NOK 9.100,- (deposit NOK 2.100,-). 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.
International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 4% of the amount paid. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.
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.
There are single beds in all of SAGA's hotel rooms. Most participants will have to share hotel room with one other participant of the same gender. If you are a group traveling together, or you have a preference when sharing a room, please make a note when registration for the workshop.
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 1.020,- per person, per night. The price includes shared double room, breakfast, warm homemade 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 1.290,- per night. The price includes a private room, breakfast, warm homemade 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.nsb.no/rutetabell
Follow E6 to Røra, then RV 755 to Straumen.
Travel expenses are each participant's own responsibility.
Full: NOK 9.100,-
Deposit: NOK 2.100,-
Se payment details in the workshop description.
Registration on our workshops are binding
WHEN TO ARRIVE:
The workshop starts on the 16TH of June, at 7PM.
WHEN TO DEPART:
The workshop ends on the 21TH of June, at 1PM.
WHAT TO BRING:
Students are expected to bring a small portfolio (max 10 images) of their work (print or digital) to the class.
SAGA has different props, fabric and clothes you can borrow for your models, but we also encourages to bring your own.
You should bring swimwear, swim googles and waterproof case for your camera, or water proof camera if you wish to work with water.
You need to bring your camera, laptop, and
reflector(s). A tripod would be useful.
Elizabeth Opalenik lives and works in Oakland, California. As a photographic artist, Opalenik believes that all good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams.
Opalenik is regarded as one of the most creative artist of her time. Her nearly 40 year career has found her teaching or making images on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things.
She employs the Mordançage process, infrared, platinum printing and hand painting in creating her innovative, one-of-a-kind images. She mixes digital and traditional technologies to explore all the creative possibilities.
Elizabeth Opalenik’s work is collected, published and exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections internationally. In 2007, she published her first monograph, Poetic Grace: Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007