Winn Halverhout — Colorado
Course: Bella Italia
"There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in
touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball."
Few students (I hope) look to the movie "Caddyshack" to describe an RMSP workshop experience. For
me, though, this describes Bella Italia. Living at Spannocchia, devoting a morning to a Tuscan
cooking class, investing an evening at the ruins of a 14th century abbey, and much, much more --
all contribute to a full-body immersion experience into Tuscany that came to influence what I saw
through the viewfinder (or now, Live View) and permeate my images.
Not until midway through the workshop, though, did I grasp Tony and Elizabeth’s diabolical subplot --
to push me past my comfort zone of contemplative landscape photography and into the people of these
medieval Tuscan villages and their way of life. Don’t be content to view your image subjects from
afar; get wholly into them -- "be the ball," if you will. Oh, and Tuscany is a gorgeous setting to
"get in touch with it, stop thinking and let things happen!"
Bella Italia was easily the best photography experience of my still nascent photographic endeavors.
I heartily give my unqualified endorsement to this workshop and what Tony Rizzuto and Elizabeth Stone
can do for your photography.