Roots details


The workshop, now in its third day, is going swimmingly... which seems just about the right phrase to use as it's been dumping buckets off and on. The students have hung in there despite the less than ideal conditions, and only one assignment- a baseball game- has been canceled because of the rain.

As workshop host, I am now on-call, so to speak, for the students and staff who are out criss-crossing the Cape should they run into any obstacles with their assignment or otherwise need assistance. It's not a glamorous role, mind you, and the responsibility means staying at the workshop house close to my phone, laptop, maps, contact list, etc.

Tidying up the kitchen this afternoon I was reminded of something mentor Rachel noted in her presentation yesterday when discussing the different parts of a photo story (elements such as on overall, portrait, interaction, etc) including a detail. In weddings, details are often considered objects such as flowers or place settings that help tell the story of the day, a supporting part to the main cast of characters and action. Details, as Rachel described, are "people without people" pictures. I thought this was a brilliant explanation, and snapped off a few quick frames of "people without people" images around me, keeping in mind personal elements in an image are an added layer and make it so much stronger.

Let me show you...

Our water cups perched on the window sill lingering from last night (this color looks really funky on my laptop monitor- hoping it isn't too skewed on yours?). It would be a little less endearing without our names, no?

Outside the front door a pair of goggles was left behind from renters before us.

Inside, a growth chart details hundreds of those who have vacationed in this house for years, dating back to the 1930's! Note the sweet growth of returning names over the years in this particular detail.

See, "people without people." These images still tell a part of the story of the house and this week, without showing any faces. Students are rolling in from shooting and I'm loving hearing about all of their experiences today. So far, there was a camera dropped in fish heads, a student stuck in a trench, and a lens that took a swim. Will post Eric's photos from some of the student's photographing on assignment later tonight!


  1. O.K.... so I am officaily depressed that I am not there! Hi to A!

  2. Hi back at you, Carol, I wish you were here too!


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