Juliet's Postcard: Exploring Relationships Through Photos (York & Goodman Photography Series)


Regular price $35.00

Course Fee: $35
Materials: materials are student-provided, see Supply Info below

TIME: 5:00PM – 6:00PM PST
Beginner to Advanced
AGE GROUP: Adult (ages 18+), Youth (ages 15-17)
LOCATION: Building 306, Fort Worden, Port Townsend. (COVID protocol will be observed, read our policies here)

Photographing a person indirectly, how do we depict them? How do we depict our relationship to them? What are the ethics behind doing so?

In this workshop, students will work with Brian Van Lau to create imagery (5-10 images) about a person of their choice, without using a portrait of them directly. The goal being to use found objects, re-imaginings and re-enactments, and innovative photography to depict their relationship with a person that we do not already know. This can be a person who has passed, someone we hope to meet, someone we hope to be, or someone we hope to know more about. The workshop will demonstrate the power of the “indirect portrait,” having each participant use pre-existing documents, evidence, landscapes, objects, and impartial relationships to develop a deeper understanding of a person not in reach. Through this process, participants will explore their relationships with semantic memory, and the means by which they can choose to do so.

The York and Goodman Photography Series was born from a hope to give photographers opportunities to stretch and reimagine how they use photography to capture the world around them. Each course in the series will include an hour-long lecture and Q&A session, a week-long assignment in which students will submit their photos online to get feedback from a group of volunteer professional photographers, and an hour-long follow-up class meeting date to share work and receive feedback from both the teacher and fellow students. 


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Brian Van Lau is a Asian-American photographer currently in Seattle, WA. His work is about finding fictitious evidence. In 2019 he was shortlisted for a Lucie Scholarship, and in 2021 he was a finalist for Photolucida’s Critical Mass, shortlisted for the Open Doors Photo Prize, and a winner of the Urbanautica Institute Awards. Most recently, he was a runner-up for the Aperture Portfolio Prize and a selected participant in the 2023 New York Times Portfolio Review, and was awarded the Summer 2023 Innovate Grant. He is the founder and curator of Arcanite Pictures, an online platform dedicated to highlighting emerging voices in photography. His work has been featured on The Washington Post, Fotoroom, Nowhere Diary, Boooooooom, Transference, Der Greif, The Heavy Collective, Palm Studios, amongst many others. 

See more: York & Goodman Photography Series courses
Artist website: Brian Van Lau, @zerkalou

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If you cannot attend a course for any reason, we can offer you a refund as follows:

  • If you cancel more than 2 weeks before the course start date, you will receive a full refund.
  • If you cancel less than 2 weeks before course start date, you will receive a 50% refund.
  • If you cancel one week or less before the course start date, there will be no refund.

All refunds will be applied to the same credit card that was used for enrollment. Please contact registrar@northwindart.org for more information.

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