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Spirit of Structure: Bicentennial of the Erie Canal

September 24 – 29, 2017 Brockport, NY Instructors: Tillman Crane and Dennis Stierer Class Size: 15 Tuition: $1725 Register

This 6th year of the Erie Canal workshop will be based in Brockport, NY. Brockport calls itself the “Victorian Village on the Erie Canal” and we will use it as our base for the week. We will photograph in a variety of locations along this stretch of the canal. In Lockport we will photograph the Flight of Five historic locks (from the original Erie Canal) as well as the last two locks (34 and 35) on the modern barge canal. We will photograph the lift bridges in the towns of Gasport, Medina, Albion, Eagle Harbor, Brockport, Adams Basin, and Spencerport. We will explore highlights behind the scenes at the George Eastman House in both the photographic collection and the camera technology section. We hope to also have time to photograph modern locks 32 and 33 as well as searching for evidence of the original Erie Canal in Rochester.

This is a location workshop in which we will focus on creating photographs. All camera format, film and digital, are welcome. Large format and film are always welcome in my workshop but be advised that there is no opportunity for processing film. Digital photographers should bring their own laptop to edit for critiques.

Throughout the week we will use the daytime to make images and a few evenings for critique. I ask that you share 5 - 10 images per critique. These may be images made during the workshop or from previous work, in print or digital form. In addition, if you would like an individual portfolio review bring a representative portfolio of no more than 30 images, in print or digital format.

My Spirit of Structure workshops are designed to increase your skills, challenge old habits and help you break out of ruts. Your focus during the week is not so much about making the perfect photograph but in approaching subjects differently, in shifting your perspective, in taking risks. This combination of working in a new environment and altering how you approach your subject will change your photographs long after you leave the workshop.

Transportation, Lodging: Participants are responsible for lodging, meals and transportation. The workshop begins on Sunday, September 24th at 6 p.m. and ends with dinner on Friday, September 29th.

Contact us with further questions.


Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)


Dollinger's Inns and Suites
4908 South Lake Road
Brockport, NY 14420

Rental Cars

A rental car is a must for this workshop. Contact me if you are interested in sharing a car and I will put the word out in the group as registration for the workshop is completed.

NYS Thruway

Exit 47