Spring Nature Writing/Photography Workshop in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Update - this workshop has been canceled due to low registration. I will be offering half-day workshops on close-up nature photography at the Wegerzyn Garden Center and MetroPark in Dayton, OH, on July 11 and August 8, 2009. Additional information will be provided on my web site.
Dayton, OH, February 2, 2009: Dayton-area photographer Jim Crotty, who owns and manages Picture Ohio, llc in Centerville, Ohio, will be conducting a two and half day field workshop on nature and landscape photography in the scenic Hocking Hills region of Southeastern Ohio. The workshop, titled “Seeing With the Awakened Heart,” will be based at The Inn at Cedar Falls and will be held from April 15 to 17, 2009. The program is open to amateur photographers of all skill levels.
“Seeing with the Awakened Heart“ will not only include hands-on instruction and guidance on the techniques for good nature and landscape image making, but will also include the alchemy of both Crotty and poet~psychologist Stephen Emerick. “This is a unique format as far as most nature photography workshops go,” stated Crotty. “It is actually more of a total creative workshop and retreat that also includes instruction on writing about the images that the photographer captures, specifically writing nature-related poetry through guidance provided by Stephen Emerick.”
Participants will experience visual images that awaken and elicit the poet artist within, through the sharing of imagery and poetic writings in a supportive group setting. Classroom instruction and group feedback sessions will be held at the new “Gathering Place” at the Inn at Cedar Falls – a state-of-the-art conference center designed to compliment the inspiring natural beauty of the Inn’s setting.
These sessions will be mixed with field sessions visiting and photographing various scenic locations in Hocking Hills such as Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Old Man’s Cave and the Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve. “April is one of the top months for photographing nature in Hocking Hills,” added Crotty. “The waterfalls and streams are almost always flowing at their peak and the display of wildflowers are second to none within Ohio.” Guests will leave with a new understanding of the creative approach to photography and writing as well as encouragement to share their photographic and written creations within their vocation, community and/or personal lives.
Depending how will the registration and attendance for the April workshop goes, the program will be offered again on October 28-30, 2009. It will begin on Wednesday at 3:00 PM with an introductory meeting and conclude on Friday at noon. The maximum number of attendees is limited to the first 15 people who register. This permits individualized attention. However, there is a minimum amount of registered participants required in order for the workshop to proceed as planned.
The workshop package includes facilitators and instruction, two night’s lodging, breakfast each morning, a three-course dinner both days and one brown bag lunch. Cottage price is $938.07, a shared room is $671.35/person and a single room is $816.29. The price includes all taxes and gratuities.
Prior to beginning his photography business as a full-time endeavor back in April 2003, Crotty taught as an adjunct instructor in speech communications and public relations at both Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky and at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.
Crotty’s photography – both fine art nature and commercial assignment – has been recognized with both national and local awards as well as published in magazines such as Nature’s Best, Ohio Magazine and National Wildlife Magazine. The January/February 2009 issue of Layers Magazine featured three of Crotty’s HDR nature images in the column, “Digital Canvas.”
Just last month the National Park Service recognized Crotty’s photograph of Sunwatch Indian Village with a 1st Place Award in the Midwest Division of the 2008 National Historic Landmark Photo Competition with publication in the 2009 National Historic Landmark Calendar. Crotty has also self-published three books - “Found Light: A Catalog of Images,” “In the Eye of the Eagle,” and most recently “Beauty in Black and White.”
Additional information about his lessons, workshops and presentations, as well as samples of his photographic work, can be found on his main web site at http://www.JimCrotty.com and his business blog at http://calmphotos.com. Those interested in registering for the April 15th workshop can do so by contacting the Inn at Cedar Falls at 1-800-65-FALLS.
Picture Ohio, LLC will have been in business for six years on April 1st, 2009. Crotty is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Ohio and the North American Nature Photography Association.