Ages 16-29
Spring 2019, Johns Hopkins Homewood

In this workshop, student fellows will consider how photographers can physically place themselves and their equipment to capture exactly the images they imagine--and perhaps some images that surprise them.  There are a range of techniques to solve the challenge of positioning: sports photographers use long lenses to get close-ups of athletes from the sidelines; studio photographers use complex mounts and supports; street photographers simply move nearer--sometimes too near--their subjects.  In the past fifteen years, technology has offered, in the drone, more possibilities than ever.  Working collaboratively and independently, fellows will experiment with both handheld and drone-mounted cameras, and will use drones to position not only cameras but lights.  They’ll consider proximity and perspective, and make both representational and abstract images, learning to locate what’s new in the familiar.  Taking a bird’s-eye view of the neighborhoods they see every day, they’ll transform their art and their way of seeing the world.  Each fellow will create a portfolio and write an accompanying artist’s statement.  Their work will be shared on the program website and at a public exhibition.  Limited to 12 student fellows. 

Somer Greer is a poet and photographer who, since moving from Florida, is happy to call Baltimore home. He teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University, and pursues photography all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. He is thrilled to help make Baltimore stronger through art.

Daniela Zapata is a neuroscience and French major at Johns Hopkins University.  She is a photographer, working with The News-Letter and with Visual Resources Collections.  She also works independently on shoots for student groups and campus organizations.

Olugbenga Osikomaiya, a Morgan State University graduate, is a freelance cinematographer and photographer who focuses on creating compelling images that also tell a story.  

Jessica Pettiford is a graduate of the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. She hopes to improve her own skills in animation while working with others and helping them learn something new.