The concept of the “therapeutic camera” is needed now more than ever in our society. This workshop looks at the use of the camera (regardless of size) as a therapy tool. Students photograph to record what they see, how they feel, where they were, physically and psychologically, and what they have done. Sometimes the person behind the camera does not realize how much those created images reveal. Through exercises and discussions, students explore how therapeutic the camera can be and how the work created tells the maker so much about themselves.
Students use digital photography, digital printmaking, and digital workflow with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.
Exercises allow students a unique view into the world of image-making, which may change the way they think about how they work. Activities include simple observational and photographic exercises, including: “Pass” the Camera, The Visual Journal, The Morning Ritual, The Ritual of Being and The Liar’s Portfolio. Studio activities are complemented by short field trips and ample time to create new images.
Willie Osterman earned an MFA in Photography and is the chair of Fine Art Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholars Award. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in collections including the Alinari Archive, Florence, the George Eastman Museum, the Portland Museum of Art and the City Art Museum of Zagreb, Croatia.