Last year Ray Ketcham led the very first Artist Round Table on “Discovering Your Voice“. It was a bit of an experiment to re-create an experience we had when he and I first met at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in 2010. Little did we know the effect ART would have on the photographers who attended. Stuart Sipahigil, Ellie Ericson, Matthew Connors and Chris Plante have each written about their experience. Following ART, we received enquiries about the next ART and in September Ray made a decision to host another round table in Port Townsend in 2012. Because space at the table is limited, it soon became clear that we would need to consider holding two round tables–the first for people who were seeking to find their voice and the second for the challenges we face when we wish to use our voice. Today we are pleased to announce both of these round tables!
This time “Discovering Your Voice” will be three full days, held on May 25, 26 and 27, 2012. There will be a “meet and greet” dinner in the evening on May 24. The second round table “Raising Your Voice” will also be three full days, held on June 29, 30 and July 1, 2012 with the “meet and greet” dinner in the evening of June 28. The cost of each round table will be $325 (not including meals and accommodations).
Here is what you need to know if you are interested in attending. “Discovering Visual Voice” is a discussion on recognizing our visual voice. It doesn’t follow the traditional workshop format; it is essentially a three-day conversation with like-minded photographers who are interested in learning about the uniqueness of their own visual expression. “Raising Your Voice” is the follow-up conversation. It is about using your voice now that you’ve recognized you have one and that you know what it looks like. The topic is really what some attendees of the first round table were challenged with once they left Port Townsend. We’ve made some progress but we felt we needed to meet again and explore the idea of how do we use our voice to say something meaningful. For both of these round tables, each day will be a mix of photographing around Port Townsend, conversations with local artists and authors, and a round table discussion facilitated by Ray.
If you would like to attend either or both round tables, we are asking people to express their interest by sending an email outlining what you hope to gain from being a part of the ART and what you would bring to the discussion. Please also include a link to a portfolio of your personal work i.e. no images created while on a workshop or photo tour. If these are not available online, please let us know so that we can make other arrangements to view your portfolio. As we are keeping the number of participants to six for each round table, we will be accepting expressions of interest until February 29, 2012 after which time, a final decision will be made regarding attendees. You do not need to attend the first round table to participate in the second one however, we will be making an assessment which one is most appropriate for you based on your submission to us.