Exploring the Concept of New Beginnings through Visual Storytelling Using ICM Photography
Mentors: Kaisa Sirén, Morag Paterson, and Stephanie Johnson
Workshop Duration: 8 Weeks
6 Live 3-Hour Sessions
Required: Video and Audio Capability for Zoom Participation
Maximum # of Participants – 10
Minimum # of Participants to Run the Workshop – 7
Registration Price: $595 USD or Equivalent in Other Currencies (i.e. €555, £495, etc.)
ICMPhotoMag Network Annual Members are eligible for a 10% discount.
Kaisa, Morag, and Stephanie are collaborating once again to bring the New Beginnings workshop to the ICMPhotoMag project, borne out of their individual passions for ICM photography and for bringing ICM into the mainstream as a valid form of photographic expression. Our workshops are designed to be transformative experiences that guide you through the process of creating a beautiful body of work that tells a meaningful visual story, using ICM as the tool to express your creative vision. During this collective photography course, you will explore creative image making through connections and stories, on a journey of discovery and self-expression, in a friendly co-learning environment, along with Kaisa, Morag, and Stephanie as mentors.
The workshop is not specifically a “beginner’s” ICM workshop, although we do provide an ICM technique presentation in Session 2. This workshop is based on exploring the concept of New Beginnings through visual storytelling. It is more mentoring-based than teaching-based, as we help you discover your own path to creativity and storytelling through ICM photography. The power of this course is in mutual interaction, collaborative sharing and feedback, and immersive discussions with the mentors and with the other participants, above and beyond just technical exercises. This workshop is meant to be about more than just photography and the technical aspects of ICM.
You will develop a deeper understanding of your own photographic and artistic processes through immersion, reflection, and self-expression, as we explore ways to answer questions about how we can use ICM photography to tell more meaningful and powerful stories, bridging connections to both the inner landscapes of the spirit, as well as to the outer landscapes of the world in which we live.
Using art, poetry, other writings, music, imagery, and concepts as prompts, these starting points will guide you on a journey of exploration, through the creation of new ICM work, as well as through journaling during the period of the workshop, to help you build a meaningful personal project based around a chosen theme.
We will workshop each other’s creative work each session, providing feedback, constructive criticism, encouragement, technical expertise, and support along the way.
In the end, you will come away with a personal body of work from this immersive experience that you can be proud of, as well as a collective body of work that will be curated for an online exhibition to share your collective experience with others on the ICM Photography Magazine website.
3 Globally Recognized Leaders in the ICM Community as Mentors throughout the Workshop
6 Live 3-Hour Sessions via Zoom over the course of 8 weeks (sessions will be recorded and available for two weeks after the end of the workshop)
Membership in a private forum for workshop participants only – for sharing work, ideas, and concepts during the workshop, as well as for interaction outside of the live meeting sessions. This provides a more immersive, ongoing collaborative experience and connection throughout this course across the 8-week period
A deeper dive into your ICM image making to enhance your creativity, to learn the value of storytelling, and to find deeper personal connections through your imagery
Personal attention and feedback in the creation of a personal theme-based project, as well as participation in a culminating collective online exhibition at the end of the workshop to be displayed on the ICM Photography Magazine website (view the previous online exhibitions here – ICMPhotoMag Workshop Online Exhibitions – 2021 & 2022)
Live discussions to collaborate with and learn from mentors, as well as with other workshop participants
Practical application tips, prompts, and additional material to help facilitate the creative process of building a personal body of work
Collective workshopping of images and ideas for individualized feedback, co-critiquing, and reviewing work during the period of the workshop
A collective curating session where the group assists with curating images and provides meaningful feedback for the final projects
Encouragement to think conceptually about the aims of your image making in order to frame the deeper meaning of why you create the work you do
You will have the tools and experience to:
Work with and develop projects, series, and bodies of work on your own.
Explore additional approaches to working with theme-based projects.
Apply the knowledge and experience you gained to create new personal photographic projects.
Demonstrate an explorative mindset around the concept of bridging connections between your imagery and other art forms.
Reflect on and critique your own images and project ideas.
Critically examine your final body of work, both as a result of the workshop, as well as in the future.
Reflect on how working with a focused theme, over a specified period of time, affects your creative process, understanding, and development.
Have the opportunity to exhibit your final workshop project on the ICM Photography Magazine website (view the previous online exhibitions here – ICMPhotoMag Workshop Online Exhibitions – 2021 & 2022).
Inspired by the New Beginnings Workshops, Kaisa, Morag, and Stephanie co-lead/co-mentor a collaborative, continuous learning membership community, which launched June 1st, 2021.
This Membership initiative brings many of the features of the 8-week intensive workshops to a collaborative, continuous learning community…one which offers an ongoing, rolling, monthly workshop-style environment, with new themes, content, live sessions, guest photographers, and much more each month….all with the goal of helping you grow in your ICM photography and inspiring you to tap more deeply into your own creativity…in a supportive, encouraging, safe atmosphere that will help nurture your artistic vision.
If you are interested in learning more about how to become a member of this learning community, please visit the link below. We hope you will come grow with us, and we look forward to seeing you in the Network!