About

You are the author of your story, how will it be told?  To follow your True North is to live authentically, this includes taking time to discover yourself.  Creating art at True North Camera Arts is more than simply learning the technical aspects associated with a camera or telling your story with a video. We feel impassioned to help you discover your “True North.”….Live your life by a compass, not a clock.

Create your story.

 

 
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Legacy Videos

Judi is a fine art and documentary photographer and graduate from College for Creative Studies. Her photographic work has received numerous awards and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Most notably, her documentary series entitled “The SPACE Between The Cracks” poignantly addresses her mother’s struggle with mental illness and ultimately reveals the universal longing for love and acceptance. This photographic journey with her mother heightened Judi’s awareness of the importance to beheld in family stories and creating a dialogue about who we are and the ancestry in which we come from.

Her series “Concealed Reality” uses the Detroit urban landscape as a metaphor for our bodies as we change with time.

Judi’s personal experiences led to the conception of legacy videos. Stories have been told since the beginning of time. They are the thread that bind us together. Judi feels passionate about preserving the stories that make us feel a part of our personal community or tribe. It is the legacy we leave that is to be remembered by future generations to come.

Workshops

Judi has been educating the photographic community since 1999, when she began as an adjunct instructor at the College for Creative Studies and continues today. Her present course at CCS includes camera functions, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Premiere Pro. She has also served as a photo instructor at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and the lead mentor for the Focus:HOPE Excel after school photography program.

Judi’s educational experience paved the way to the start up of her business -True North Camera Arts- which merges her two creative interests, camera based workshops and legacy videos.


 

Instructors

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Chris Bennett

 

Chris Bennett is a photographer living in Dearborn, Michigan. He received his BFA from Indiana University and MFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School’s Limited Residency Photography Program. Bennett founded and was the Director of Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR) from 2002 to 2012 and served as the Gallery Director from 2012 to 2014. He worked as the head of Print Production at Pushdoto Studio (Portland, OR) from 2014-2017 until he and his family moved to Michigan where he opened the fine art printing studio Image Works. He has exhibited his work at Froelick Gallery, the Oregon Historical Society, Camerawork Gallery, the Scarab Club as well as nationally and internationally at The Phoenix Art Museum (AZ), Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM), INOVA (Milwaukee, WI), CCNY (New York, NY), Circuit Gallery (Toronto) and Kominek Gallery (Berlin).


 
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Jacob Bommarito

 

Jacob Bommarito is a Digital Media Creator for the in house marketing team at Amrock, where he is responsible for the creation of all video content, including live action video and animation. Before his 3 year career at Amrock, he attended the College for Creative Studies for 4 years, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Video Production. Jacob is also a freelance video editor and motion graphics animator, with a passion for creating music videos, and short films.


 
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Sheen Watkins

 

Sheen Watkins is a wildlife, nature, landscape and travel photographer. She shares her time between Northport and Birmingham, Michigan with her husband and their two dogs.  As a family, they spend many hours each week outdoors immersed in nature.   

A long term birder and nature enthusiast, she focused primarily on birds, then other wildlife using telephoto lenses.  It wasn't long until the photography bug took hold and she expanded into flowers, landscapes and travel photography.  

Sheen's approach is engaging.  She can readily translate the 'technical camera jargon' to useable techniques for beginning and advanced photographers.  She will ask questions, challenge her audience to try new techniques and tools.  Her workshops include sharing photography experiences and concepts that illustrate how to elevate your skills in a fun, easy setting.

From gear selection to field use, her approach is to understand where you are in your photography and what you want to learn.  She uses a diverse range of lenses and post processing tools.  She can offer guidance is selecting the right gear for your photography goals.   

Her primary focus is that you increase your confidence and creativity behind the lens so that your time spent in photography is fun and personally rewarding.


 
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S. Kay Young

 

S. Kay Young is a Native American Detroit based artist and art advocate with a 44 year photographic career. She is a descendant of the Eastern Band Cherokee Nation. Young is in numerous private and corporate collections, including The Detroit Institute of Arts, The University of Michigan and Cobo Center (The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority) in Detroit. Kay is represented by Melannie Chard, CEO of M Contemporary Art in Ferndale, MI.

From 1977 through 1980 she attended The College for Creative Studies of Arts and Design in Detroit where she studied the art of photography. From 1979 through 1989 Young was a photographer and Rights and Reproduction broker at The Detroit Institute of Arts. She has managed art galleries, both local and national, and has represented Special Needs Adults photographers/artists in exhibitions and private sales. Young has curated and judged numerous art exhibitions in Detroit and is a consultant for private and corporate art collectors.

S. Kay teaches photography at Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills extended education, SHAC in Milford, MI and the Special Needs Community in the Greater Detroit area. She is a private tutor of photography and multi media art to children and disabled adults.

Young has exhibited her work in five solo shows, including 'Wildflower Paintings, A Photographic Exhibition' at The Detroit Institute of Arts in 1998, sponsored by the Fuji and Chrysler Corporation, as well as 'Dancing the Circle of Life' at the Native Indian Inuit Photographers Association, Hamilton, Ontario in 1994. S. Kay has participated in over fifty curated or invitational group exhibitions. In 1999 Young gave a lecture at The Smithsonian for the American Indian in New York, NY, addressing the colonization of Native people in partnership with an installation exhibition at The American Indian Community House in NYC, NY.

Young was the first Artist in Residence at The Boll Family YMCA Metro Detroit in 2004. She documented the two year construction of the building project from ground breaking to building opening. An exhibition and book project completed the residency.

In 2014 Young and her students were featured and won an Emmy on PBS 'Detroit Performs' for the following segment: http://www.detroitperforms.org/2013/11/detroit-performs-tv-michigan- science-center-episode-122/.


 
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Giorgio Orlandi

 

Giorgio Orlandi is a street and documentary photographer who loves to capture the human condition by wandering the streets both locally and internationally. His eye is drawn to capturing the modern-day society, using economics, politics, current events and at times irony as the pillars of his message.

Giorgio also regularly writes his blog, centered around the idea "Discovery through Photography". He feels that through the art of photography and visual storytelling it is possible to no only document our surroundings, but learn more about them.

He is also a volunteer photographer in his community. This is not only a way for him to give back through his favorite means, but also a way to, again, learn and discover stories that would otherwise be untold.

He moved to Detroit 6 years ago from Italy, and has lived in China, Singapore and the UK as well. He loves to travel, explore, ride his bike and play hockey, all the while spending time with his lovely wife, his true inspiration.   


 
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©Alex Alexander

Alex Alexander

 

After graduating with a BS in Arts and Communication, Alex’s career began as a staff Photographer and Graphic Artist in Allendale, Mi, for PBS-TV35 television. An Audio-Visual Producer for Neman Audio Visual Communications; training film to television commercials. Moving to Chicago where an opportunity in catalog photography led him to Krantzen Studio before returning to Grand Rapids, Michigan and into the nuts and bolts world of corporate photography for Amway Corporation.

Alex Alexander Photography was created in 1980, where he excelled in fashion, editorial, lifestyle, still life and catalogue photography which continues to this day. Alex has become known for his strong sense of design, one of his major strengths is being able to allow his subjects personalities to expand into the images. His work is showcased in numerous CD covers, book jackets and annual reports. Magazine commissions include American Health, Sports Illustrated, People and Life. His subjects have included sports and entertainment celebrities and political figures.

Alex Alexander is a regular contributor to MetroParent publication, the YMCA , United- Ways and Wellness House, Detroit Women’s Rowing Association and Detroit Visual Studios LLC. Alex mentors for Focus Hope’s Focus on the Mission. He is Membership Chair of the Michigan Chapter of American Society of Media Photographers and is a former board member for Detroit’s Children’s Museum.

He resides in Grayhaven Island, a picturesque marina location on the Detroit Riverfront, which allows him to concentrate on his other passion: nature photography.