Weir Farm National Historic Site is offering a free smartphone photography workshop, The Art of Phoneography, on Sunday, October 27, 2019, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The workshop – taught by Xiomaro, a nationally-exhibited photographer and published author – includes a photo-walk of the autumn foliage on the same grounds that have inspired generations of world-renowned painters. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the workshop, registration is required by calling the park at (203) 834-1896 x28.
“Smartphones have millions of times more memory than the mere 66 kilobytes on the Lunar Module, which landed people on the moon,” explains Xiomaro. “The cameras have gotten so powerful and easy to use that almost 100 million photos are posted to Instagram alone – every day.” But ease of use alone does not make for a good photograph. “The secret to better photographs is not in the camera. It’s in applying the principles of seeing used by artists for centuries,” noted Xiomaro. For that reason, point-and-shoot cameras and professional DSLRs are also welcome to the workshop.
Xiomaro explained that seeing and creating a photograph is different than looking and taking a snapshot as many people do. His workshop will introduce five key artistic principles demonstrated with slides of photographs and paintings. Xiomaro will then lead the group through the Weir Farm landscape for the creation of unique images using workshop techniques. The landscape was a source of inspiration for Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919) – a leading innovator of American Impressionist painting – and his contemporaries such as Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent.
Xiomaro’s aim is to make photography accessible to more people by minimizing the technical know-how that is often a barrier. “I’ve seen expensive DSLRs set on automatic because their complexity is overwhelming.” He believes that, through the workshop, some will become better prepared to one day handle f-stops, ISOs, and other technical settings of a dedicated camera.
Xiomaro (pronounced “SEE-oh-MAH-ro”) is an internationally recognized artist and speaker whose photography has been covered by The New York Times, CBS Eyewitness News, and News 12. His work has been exhibited at Harvard University and throughout Connecticut at the state Capitol building, the Mayor’s Gallery in Stamford, and Congressman Jim Himes‘ Bridgeport and Stamford offices.
He is the author of Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing) with a foreword written by Senator Joe Lieberman. The book is the first to chronicle the property’s rescue from residential development to its establishment as a park. It also features Xiomaro’s photography, which was created using the same principles he teaches at the workshop.
The Art of Phoneography workshop will be held at at Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 on Sunday, October 27, 2019, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The workshop is free of charge, but space is very limited and registration is required by calling the park at (203) 834-1896 ext. 28. Participants need only bring their fully-charged smartphone (any brand is fine) or camera with plenty of available storage space for the new photos that will be created. A portable USB phone charger or spare battery is helpful. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested along with some snacks. For more information visit www.xiomaro.com.