Seaside is one of the most photographed towns in the country, luring professional and amateur photographers inspired by the urban design and natural beauty of the area. It’s the ideal place to work on improving photography skills.
During the Seaside Institute’s photography class on light and shade, six students — an attorney, an architect, a biochemist, a marketing director, a sales associate, a global health program manager and a newspaper editor — learned about the medium of light in photography from Sandy Sorlien, professional photographer and book author. The group spent a week photographing the architecture, seascapes and people in Seaside.
Sorlien, photographer, urban code writer and author of “Fifty Houses: Images from the American Road,” is finishing a book about American main streets. Working with Seaside designer Andrés Duany, she edited the model SmartCode (www.transect.org). In 2011, she brought her two career paths together with a place-based photography image bank for architects and planners at www.transect-collection.org.
The Institute has been hosting spring and summer workshops in other subjects including home design, plein air painting and drawing. The Academic Village, currently under construction, provides a workspace and houses students needing residence while taking a course. In addition to offering courses in the arts, the Academic Village will serve as a place to hold professional workshops and retreats and will also host university faculty and students from all over the country who want to learn about planning and architecture. Five universities have already reserved weeks in the village for the upcoming school year.
Diane Dorney is executive director of the Seaside Institute. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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