Moonlight Alchemy: Mystery, Fireflies & Phantoms

July 8 - July 12, 2022

Moonlight Alchemy: Mystery, Fireflies & Phantoms


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $70

What can the camera “see” that the naked eye cannot? Multitudes! Over the course of this workshop, we’ll photograph during Full Moon nights. This diffused ethereal light will bathe the landscape and open up your lens to unusual, mysterious, unexpected results. Long exposures will reveal some Unseeable Truths swimming below perception. Peters Valley and surrounding areas will give us an opportunity to: “paint” with moonlight/speed-light/torch-light some weather-worn buildings and forests, render the dance of brightly-pulsing fireflies, engage the beauty and alchemy of long exposures, and mainly dive fully into lenswork experimentation. If you’re not a morning person, hallelujah—we’ll be out late, so you’ll have the early-morning FREE). We’ll start up mid-morning, and resume again in labs after lunch; the daytime will be used for learning new techniques, processing imagery, printing, and viewing inspirational photos. Then, after dinner, the really fun work begins as we head off into the brightly lit, full-moon nights to expose some hidden worlds, and maybe a phantom or two. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”—Hamlet from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Rick Wright

Rick Wright is a fine art photographer with his studio in Philadelphia, PA.Though initially trained as a painter at Princeton and Columbia Universities (BA and MFA), he later studied at ICP in NY with John Loengard, Susan Meiselas, Danny Lyon, and Nan Goldin. His photographic life is a blend of personal work (silver-based photography), commercial work (architecture), and dedicated instruction (visualization & darkroom printing). Rick is collected in several permanent collections locally and nationally. Wright has kept a studio in Philadelphia for the past 12 years and teaches photography at various venues including: The Halide Project, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Peters Valley School of Craft. He spends much of his time shooting landscape with a 4×5 film camera.

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