Archive for October, 2013

Doing it scared…

A guest blog: by Sue Dawson

ALISON LOVES what she does. Her favorite part of her job is getting out and shooting in a variety of locations and conditions, and working with lots of new people. She also loves showing her work in galleries, and meeting people who come to her shows. It can feel like pressure to put a show together, but in the end it’s all very exciting, and validating. All great. But early on, there was one aspect of her work that felt overwhelming…

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Can’t help it but we’re creative …

A guest blog: by Eli Dagostino

FOR 25 YEARS Alison Shaw and her students have posed together for a group photo at the end of each of her fall photography workshops. Alison has always enlisted the help of her partner in crime (the workshop assistant) to take the photo. Last year was my first year assisting the internationally renowned fine-art master, and when I was put to the task of taking the traditional photo for our group, Alison made it clear that she didn’t want the shot rushed and that it definitely had to be something fun and creative.

I made the same mistake as assistants past and waited until one of the last days to take our group photo. We planned to shoot in Menemsha that evening, and I decided this would be a great time to get everyone together and quickly (without taking the students away from their shooting adventures) take THE shot. We notified the students in the morning and proceeded to put together a shot that night. It was eh….

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