Photographers Braden Chattman and Michael Zide are so in sync with one another that, during a recent talk at the Williston Northampton School, they finished each other’s sentences.
“The big word at Hallmark is ‘intention,’” said Mr. Zide. “As someone who absorbs photography,” Mr. Chattman chimed in, “that’s what ultimately matters.”
The Hallmark Institute of Photography teachers were at Williston on April 23 to give the final evening talk of this year’s Photographers’ Lecture Series. That afternoon, Mr. Chattman and Mr. Zide had also spent a class period speaking to Williston’s photography students about what a professional career in photography involves.
“Photography is a lot more than a career decision,” said Mr. Chattman. “It’s a lifestyle.” He described his dream retirement: traveling the country with his wife, who is also a photographer, in a motorcycle with a tripod mounted on its sidecar. That way there would be no glare from car windows. Continue reading →
Capturing lipstick as it drips, the gleam of broken eggs, or cockroaches swarming a sneaker-strewn table—and making them look beautiful—requires particular photography skills.
On February 19, as part of the ongoing Photographers’ Lecture Series, commercial and fine art photographer Bill Diodato named some of those skills: patience, preparation, and the ability to stay true to yourself.
Beginning February 18 the Williston Theatre program presents Wondrous Tales of Old Japan. Written by David Furumoto, the play consists of four folktales told in the theatrically magical style of Japanese Kabuki theater.
The tales told in Wondrous Tales of Old Japan include the story of a boy born from a peach, a fisherman who goes on an undersea journey with a turtle, why cherry trees blossom so early, and the transformation of the Snow Woman.
“Our characters spring to life in front of your eyes and will be walking so close that you could reach out and touch them,” said Theatre Technical Director Charles Raffetto.
Wondrous Tales of Old Japan is produced by special arrangement with Plays For Young Audiences, a partnership of Seattle Children’s Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.
Wondrous Tales of Old Japan by David Furumoto February 18-23, 2012 at 3:30 pm
Tickets: $7 students/seniors, $10 adults and can be purchased here: https://wnsboxoffice.tixato.com/buy
Williston students, faculty, and staff are free.
The Williston Theatre
18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton
Illustration designed by Rob Kimmel, robkimmeldesign.com.
Commercial and fine art photographer Bill Diodato will be the next speaker in the Photographers’ Lecture Series and will visit The Williston Northampton School on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Diodato will teach the Advanced Photography class and give a lecture, which is open to the public, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center.
According to his website, Bill Diodato, a native of New England, launched his career in New York in 1990 after completing the program at Hallmark School of Photography in Turners Falls. Since then, he has developed a career as an acclaimed commercial and fine-art photographer.He has photographed for magazines including Allure, Marie Claire, Glamour, Self, New York Times Magazine, Travel & Leisure, and Interview. His commercial clients include Hollister, Clinique, Clairol, John Frieda, Biore, Victoria’s Secret, Cole Haan, Niemann Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales.
What is the best way to study American constitutional history? How do we make our students passionate about documents that are almost 250 years old?
Peter Gunn, a member of the Williston faculty since 1986, teaches the spectrum of American history and economics classes. An inspiring and enthusiastic teacher, Peter’s lectures teach students to question something that is much too often taken for granted: the democracy that is our nation’s foundation. In his classes, students question, debate, and strengthen their opinions about the American constitution.