ABOUT THE RICHARD KELLY EXPERIENCE
In the Fall of 2018, the Pittsburgh Photography community learned that the classes scheduled for the Fall semester at Pittsburgh Filmmakers were going to be canceled. I was just as surprised as anyone but I quickly decided to keep going as I had planned and teach my 14 week Portrait Class. This is one of my favorite classes I have been teaching it for several years. This also seemed like a good time to try something different.
I previously hesitated to create any competing workshops with the PF/PCA community but times were changing and opportunities were upon us.
I launched the Richard Kelly Experience. The name comes from a friend, former assistant Kristi Jan Hoover who described to me the Richard Kelly Experience.
"It's a bit magical, a little mysterious but we always learn a lot while practicing the craft and art of photography."
The first workshop was taught the the Gallery One space in Bloomfield - 14 weeks same as it ever was. We didn't have an equipment office or access to a studio in the off hours, but this course was never about that anyway. This workshop was about practicing the art of portraiture.
Over a 9 month period we offered several other workshops about lighting, post production and camera scans I also offered a new 14 week portrait studio lighting class in the winter semester. I also weaved in some critiques hosted by Pittsburgh Artists and other conversations about photography to keep the community alive.
In the Summer of 2019 I co-lead an arts residency in the South of France called Arts in France a collaboration with St Francis University. The other co-lead was my good friend and collaborator Rick Landesberg.
In the Fall of 2019 I started teaching as an adjunct Instructor at Point Park University for a couple of classes each semester. I did teach two workshops at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media - a Medium Format Film Portrait Class in the Fall 2019 and a Portrait to Digital Print Workshop in the Winter 2020.
With the onset of the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) we put are in person workshops on hold. Once again recognizing an opportunity during an otherwise unfortunate situation, I started a new virtual online photographers meet-up called Talking Photography n'at.
We hope to offer some new workshop concepts as soon as this Fall 2020.