Susan Burnstine: Creating a Deeper Meaning of Place | July 14-18, 2019

Susan Burnstine: Creating a Deeper Meaning of Place | July 14-18, 2019

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Create meaningful images connected to place that reach far beyond a postcard photograph. Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced photographers.

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Check In: Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | Check Out: Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Tuition: $650 per person
Tuition + Meals: $975 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $1,475 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $1,895 per person

A 5.5% tax on tuition/meals and 12% tax on lodging packages will be added to any full payments made online. Deposits will not include tax and will be applied to overall retreat registration. Communication shall follow all online deposits showing applicable remaining fees, including taxes.

Companion Rates are available for one companion over the age of 18 and one per registered retreat participant.


The sights and sounds, culture, people and the land are some of the many elements that contribute toward developing an intimate sense of a place. But how does one capture the beauty of place and move beyond a simple travel snapshot?

This five-day class will uncover how to identify and communicate your own personal meaning and style to create images that convey a deeper meaning of place, regardless if one has been to a location or not prior. Irrespective of the genre – be it landscape, still life, portraiture, nature, abstraction, photojournalism, self-portrait, or documentary, authenticity and emotional connection is the root of every image we create. Through classroom discussions and location exercises, students will learn to connect their own narratives to their external surroundings through this unique exploration of place and self.

Join Susan for four days of discovery in beautiful Bayfield, Wisconsin and be inspired to create meaningful images connected to place that reach far beyond a postcard photograph.


Download + Print

  • A DSLR

  • Memory cards

  • A flash drive

  • Laptop computer to process shooting exercises

Participants will prepare their portfolio presentations in advance (approximately 20-25 images) in digital form. Each participant will receive an email with detailed instructions from Susan closer to the retreat.


Susan Burnstine is an award winning professional fine art and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles who builds homemade cameras and lenses primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects. Susan is represented in galleries across the country, widely published throughout the world, frequently jurors and curates exhibitions, teaches workshops around the world and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK).

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Lodging and Meal Rates & Info

All lodging costs listed are per person/per night costs. Due to the format of retreats, meal plans are required of all participants to maximize time with other students and instructors, while still providing time to explore Bayfield and the surrounding community. Please reference the cancellation policy as needed.