By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Brad DeCecco takes the cliché about imitation and flattery a bit further.
The New York-based photographer, who is giving a workshop on landscape and travel photography at the Link Centre later this month, said he plans to teach his students how to spot what they like about other photographers’ work and to incorporate the techniques into their own pictures.
“You can’t teach your entire technique in three hours, but I think it’s important to give people ideas as to how to think differently, to sort of challenge themselves, to equip them to look at work they like and see how they can incorporate that into their own aesthetic and to stop and change what you’re doing,” he said.
In the workshop, he’ll discuss his own photography, as well as the work of well-known photographers and the workshop attendees.
“We’ll talk about the choices I made in terms of composition and technique and the ways you can sort of think outside the normal realm, and then talk about how there are things you can do that are really simple that don’t require new equipment,” he said.
DeCecco, 34, has taken photos for Lexus, Smithsonian, Universal Records and Time and People magazines, and his work has been shown in galleries in New York, Stockholm, Dubai, Boston and Los Angeles.
His portfolio is available online at braddececco.com.
He’s shot everything from rock stars and actors to farmers and skydivers, as well as plenty of landscapes – and it’s the landscape and travel photography he’ll focus on at the workshop.
“Shooting people, it’s sort of like a collaboration. It’s not something you can plan. You have to be in the moment,” he said. “The landscape is opposite. It’s meditative. It’s unlimited.”
How to attend
– What: Landscape and travel photography workshop taught by New York photographer Brad DeCecco
– When: 6-9 p.m. June 13
– Where: Link Centre, Tupelo
– Cost: $25
■ Info: (662) 690-4011