Santa Fe

It is not lost on me that my last essay was a reflection on picking myself up after I had been rejected in the art world, so I write this post with even more excitement. I was chosen as a scholarship recipient to attend Santa Fe Photography Workshops this summer!

Last week when my phone rang, I paused before answering when I saw the New Mexico area code. I had a quick drop of excitement in my stomach, and it hit me, I think this is it. I got it! I answered the phone, and a lady from the Workshops congratulated me and informed me that my application was accepted and I had won A Natural Eye Workshop Scholarship.  I had submitted a letter of intent, two letters of recommendation and a portfolio of 20 photos, and they had chosen me. I am beyond thrilled and honored.

I'll be attending a 5-day workshop with Photography teacher Eddie Soloway, and it's going to be a week of technical lessons, daily image reviews, one-to-one meetings, and outdoor photo adventures. I studied with Eddie in 2013, and I absorbed everything like a sponge. I was blown away by Santa Fe's colors, smells, atmosphere, and I left determined to get myself back there as quickly as possible. Now it's two years later,  and I know the week is going to help me take my work to another level. I cannot wait to be a student again.

Here is a sample from my 2013 trip: Santa Fe.


Erica Reade