Photographing the Landscape: Explorations in Outer Cape Cod
“Happy are those who see beautiful things in unassuming places where others see nothing. Everything is beautiful, what matters is to know how to interpret it. “ -Camille Pissarro, 1893.
In this class, you will explore and photograph the diverse landscape of Outer Cape Cod. As we take trips to some of the wilder and overlooked areas of the Cape, we will consider different methods of capturing natural sites with the camera. Our projects will test the unique capabilities of the camera as a representational and artistic tool. Through a variety of different activities — pinhole photography, experimenting with depth of field and long exposures, composition and assemblage — we will discuss how the camera can be operated and manipulated to create innovative images of the landscape. Destinations may include Province Lands dunes, Beech Forest, Hatches Harbor, Wood End and a carpool trip to Truro or Wellfleet.
This class emphasizes experimentation and process. It is a supportive environment to try new techniques and is open to all levels, including participants with little photographic experience. However, a basic understanding of your camera is needed, including how to set the camera to manual controls for aperture and shutter speed.
Students should bring a digital camera. A laptop and tripod would also be very useful. Most classes will involve time spent outdoors. Make sure to have comfortable clothes and shoes for walking through different environments, including sands, marshes, or woods.
Born in the United Kingdom, Adam Davies studied painting before switching to large-format photography in the late 2000s. Adam Davies received an EdM from Harvard University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a recipient of grants from the Vira Heinz Endowment, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and has attended residencies at the Chinati Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Yaddo.