Saturday, May 18, 2013
Everett and Stone Mills, Lawrence, Massachusetts
On a beautiful sunny Saturday in May, I attended a photo
workshop offered by Historic Mills Photography
Workshops in partnership with the Lawrence History
Center. Photographers Bob Lussier and Steven
Perlmutter directed the day long workshop, guiding us
through the historic Everett and Stone Mills for a unique
and rewarding photographic opportunity.
The day began with a short but detailed history of the
town of Lawrence and the historic mills, presented by
Susan Grabski of the Lawrence History Center, followed
by a photo session lasting several hours. The afternoon
included additional time to shoot, as well as instruction
in post processing tools Adobe Lightroom, and
Photomatix HDR software. The session also included Q&A
and helpful tips.
You can't help but get absorbed in the complete
experience of the mills, the history, the atmosphere,
the light, and the feeling that one day is not enough
time to take it all in. Still we all made the most of the
experience, and it was certainly one of my most
productive photo shoots to date. Bob and Steve ran a
well organized, but loosely structured workshop,
allowing for the individual objectives of each participant
to be met.
This was a thoroughly exhilarating and successful
experience that I would recommend to anyone who has
an interest in history, full engagement of the senses,
and of course - taking photographs.
I cannot wait to return and do it again !
The first half of this photo gallery offers a more literal
rendering of my onsite observations, while the second
half of the gallery gives in to a more spontaneous
approach, and to my irresistible interpretive urges.
You can check out my other visits to these sites by
selecting the links at the top of this page for Historic
Mills - Galleries 2 and 3.