Join us on Alabama’s Gulf Coast!
the secluded, enchanting village of Fairhope,
and Rural Monroeville,
home of author Harper Lee
and the courthouse made famous in her novel To Kill A Mockingbird.
Beginning in 1702, Mobile spent decades as French, then British, then Spanish, then American forming a melting pot that includes the descendants of each with their individual culture, architecture, and beliefs. Mobile holds something for every photographer, no matter your level of expertise or your specific area of interest. Beginning with the French influence of Mardi Gras we have the Carnival Museum, and Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Fort Condé was built by the French but taken over by the British and, for a time, renamed Fort Charlotte, the site of the famous Battle of Fort Charlotte in the Revolutionary War. The British contribution of Antebellum architecture can still be seen in homes downtown, along with the architectural contributions of the French and Spanish. There’s just so much more, and we hope you’ll join us.
And then there’s Monroeville. For the literary hounds in our group, Monroeville, Alabama is on par with Milledgeville, Georgia. Harper Lee spent her whole life here and so it is where she wrote her one iconic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. The courthouse from the trial scene in the movie version of the book starring Gregory Peck was a replica of the one in Monroeville where Harper often watched her father argue cases. And there’s always the possibility of lunch at Harper’s favorite restaurant, David’s Catfish House, after the courthouse photo-op.
Every SxSE Workshop has a Headquarters House. This time it’s on Mobile Bay near the secluded, enchanting village of Fairhope. Fairhope is a small bayside town with their own French Quarter, a quaint and artsy downtown area, and a long municipal pier perfect for people-watching and late night water shots.
We’ve arranged group rates at the Hampton Inn Fairhope. More detailed information will be given upon reservation.
Jennifer Shaw is a fine art photographer whose work is based on both a world observed and a world constructed, often focusing on the fleeting and personal within the sphere of her immediate surroundings. Her photographs have been featured in Oxford American, Shots, Black + White Photography (UK), NPR, Lenscratch, and PDN, and are included in two recent monographs: Hurricane Story (Chin Music Press, 2011), and Nature/Nurture (North Light Press, 2012).
Shaw grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, and then moved to New Orleans in pursuit of the artist’s life. She currently teaches the disappearing art of darkroom photography at the Louise S. McGehee School and directs the annual PhotoNOLA Festival, in addition to chasing after two young sons.
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND:
SxSEPhotoMagazine’s interview with Jennifer by Judy Sherrod in the November/December 2014 issue
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Headquarters House is where Jennifer and the staff will reside, meals will be served, and where everyone gathers to kick off their shoes, walk along the beach, crack open a beer and enjoy this great workshop. The Mobile + Monroeville + Fairhope Workshop will include shooting in the field in downtown Fairhope and Mobile, the Mobile Carnival Museum, lots of piers and water shots, a private sunset boat ride/eco-tour, a day trip to Monroeville, classroom and portfolio reviews, and plenty of time to scout on your own. Classroom time will be held at the Headquarters House and will be scheduled by Jennifer in the near future. There will be projections and critiques of your work during and/or at the Farewell Supper. Fees include Supper on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Nosh food and drink will be at the Headquarters House for your enjoyment, also. Further descriptions and instructions will follow upon reservation.