Spectrum: Photography workshops at Blackwater Refuge

Spectrum: Photography workshops at Blackwater Refuge


By Barbara Seese

CAMBRIDGE – Robert Sullivan returns to DCA for a winter photography workshop at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 22 from 6:30–8:30 a.m. This workshop features a Blackwater sunrise, as well as the opportunity to capture beautiful winter colors.

According to Sullivan, sunrise is a great time for two reasons: it’s when the wildlife is most active, and the quality of light is amazing and constantly changing. Plus, January is peak time for the migratory geese, duck, and swan that fill the sky in such large numbers.

This workshop will provide information on photographing wildlife at Blackwater, as well as tips and techniques for photographing a sunrise. Photographers at all levels of experience are welcome.

You’ll see – and photograph – Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in ways you haven’t before. Workshop tuition is $25 per person for DCA members, $60 for non-members. If you would like to join DCA and save on this and future class tuition, visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org. A second workshop at Blackwater will be held on Sunday, March 19, from 6:30-8:30 a.m.

The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the critical migration highway called the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater is host to over 250 bird species, 35 species of reptiles and amphibians, 165 species of threatened and endangered plants, and numerous mammals that can be spotted throughout the year in Blackwater’s marshes, forests, meadows, and fields. Currently the refuge is home to one of the highest concentrations of nesting bald eagles on the Atlantic coast.

Robert Sullivan is a documentary, landscape, and portrait photographer, with a passion for night photography, including the night sky. Since studying film and photography in college, his career path has taken many twists and turns, before finally settling on what he loves most and feels he should have been doing all along: working as a full-time photographer.

His photographs have won many awards and have been displayed in numerous galleries and museums. He also teaches, tutors, and runs workshops dedicated to helping photographers develop new skills and enhance their creativity. Find Robert at workingimagephotography.com.

For details and registration for this workshop and additional activities at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org. As the designated County Arts Council for Dorchester, DCA is committed to increasing access to the arts for all members of our community by supporting extensive outreach and educational opportunities in the arts. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council. Find us on Facebook.