Carolyn Drake + Andres Gonzalez




JULY 17-21, 2023, BOWEN ISLAND, BC

Longtime partners Carolyn Drake and Andres Gonzalez will discuss how the limitations of photography, personal experiences, and political currents have led them to experiment with new methods, from theater arts to quilting, performance to sculpture. Taking these risks has enriched their respective practices. But is there such thing as too much creative freedom? How do you determine the boundaries of your practice while also enabling your inner compulsions? These are some of the questions that will be debated and explored in this workshop.

Each day, students will be given a set of constraints and asked to complete an assignment which turns the perceived constraints into experimental, personal, and ultimately meaningful visual expressions. The assignments will be photographic but they may also involve scavenging, research, printing, cutting, imagining, performing, interviewing, and constructing with bodies and materials from the tactile world.

Schedule: Meets in-person at FotoFilmic on Bowen Island on Monday July 17, Tuesday July 18, Wednesday July 19, Thursday July 20 and Friday July 21 from 9am to 5pm (hours subject to change).

This program is limited to 12 participants.

Cover Image © Carolyn Drake. From the series Knit Club 2012-20.

© Andres Gonzalez, American Origami, published by Fw:Books in collaboration with Light Work, 2019.

© Andres Gonzalez, American Origami, published by Fw:Books in collaboration with Light Work, 2019.

© Carolyn Drake. From the series Isolation Therapy, 2020-21.

© Carolyn Drake. From the series Isolation Therapy, 2020-21.



Carolyn Drake works on long term photo-based projects seeking to interrogate dominant historical narratives and creatively reimagine them.  Her practice embraces collaboration and has in recent years melded photography with sewing, collage, and sculpture. She is interested in collapsing the traditional divide between author and subject, the real and the imaginary. Drake was born in California and studied Media/Culture and History in the early 1990s at Brown University. Following her graduation, she moved to New York and worked as an interactive designer for many years before departing to engage with the physical world through photography.  After living in Istanbul and Ukraine and working internationally for a decade, she returned to the US in 2013 to work on more self reflective projects close to home. Drake has authored four books, and her fifth, Glorify Yourself, will be released in 2023. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim fellowship, the Peter S. Reed Foundation, Lightwork, the Lange Taylor prize, a Fulbright fellowship, and the Henri Cartier Bresson Award, among others. She is a member of Magnum Photos and represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery.

Andres Gonzalez is a visual artist based in Vallejo, California. He has published two books, Some(W)Here in 2012, and American Origami in 2019 which won the Light Work Photo Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Paris Photo – Aperture Book Awards. He has received recognition from the Pulitzer Center, the Alexia Foundation, and is a Fulbright Fellow. His work has also been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Stiftung Reinbeckhallen in Berlin, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, where he collaborated with the Columbia College theater department and members from Tectonic Theater Project on a theatrical adaption of American Origami.


Nestled in spectacular Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord surrounded by towering peaks that rise straight out of the sea, Bowen Island (Nexwlélexwm is its native Squamish name) has been Vancouver’s paradisiac getaway since the 1900s. This enchanted island is known for its exceptional serenity, centennial parks, artistic culture, and laid-back country living a short 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver.

FotoFilmic has called Bowen Island home since 2015, and currently hosts all its in-person mentoring programs there at the FotoFilmic space conveniently located in Artisan Square. The large 1600+ sq ft venue is set up to accommodate a wide range of hands-on artistic activities and lab type experimentations, while also acting as a photography gallery. The island’s lush natural settings yearlong, its small and relaxed coastal town feel and few amenities all combine to offer an immersive, inspiring and nurturing retreat experience unlike any other.

FotoFilmic acknowledges, with gratitude, that the land on which it operates is the unceded and ancestral territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation.




Thursday, June 1, 2023

 $1995 USD
Past Attendee:
$1695 USD

* subject to 5% GST (Good and Services Provincial Tax)

[ Early-Bird applications are closed (Nov.21, 2022) ]
[ Scholarship applications are closed (Feb.15, 2023) ]



Applicants selected to register must confirm their participation by sending either a $995 USD tuition deposit, a scholarship registration payment, or a full Regular or Past Attendee tuition payment.

If choosing to send a registration deposit, the remaining tuition balance will then come due in full by Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

If interested in a payment plan, requests must be made by Friday, March 17, 2023 to Bastien at Payment plans are cost free, and schedules can include 3 to 5 terms max. Please also note that all payment plan payments remain non-refundable.


Flights, local transportation, accommodations and meals are not included in the registration fees. A detailed information packet will be sent to confirmed participants to help coordinate their stay on Bowen Island, inclusive of on-island accommodations options (single or shared), local transportation directions, a list of restaurants and other amenities available, and general island life tips.

Meets in-person at FotoFilmic on Bowen Island on Monday July 17, Tuesday July 18, Wednesday July 19, Thursday July 20 and Friday July 21 from 9am to 5pm (hours subject to change).

FotoFilmic Space
103-555 Prometheus Pl
Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2


Applications to register are free (no fee to apply). Enrolment will be limited to just 12 participants. Photographers from all educational backgrounds and at all career stages are welcome to apply (film & digital). A portfolio of 10-20 images focused on past and/or ongoing projects must be submitted as a prerequisite for consideration (please include images from no more than 2 different series/projects).

Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis, with regular email communication from reception to final decision. The entire review and acceptance process usually takes 8-12 days from the day your application is received.


The deadline to withdraw your participation and request a refund is Monday, April 17, 2023. Please note a $500 USD cancelation fee remains applicable. Cancelation and refund requests received after April 17 will not be accepted.

In the event the program was not meeting minimum enrolment, or needed to be canceled for any reason, paid tuition will be refunded in full without any cancelation fee. Please also note FotoFilmic cannot be held responsible for any traveling expense refunds if the program gets canceled: purchasing travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.


For any questions or inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria directly at


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