For the third year, I was lucky enough to participate in Alchemy Studio’s Spirit into Matter workshop in Benabbio, Italy. Hosted by beautiful people and artists, James Hajicek and Carol Panaro Smith, the workshop allows photographers the time and space to focus on their work. I always accomplish so much there, from capturing new images, editing groups of photos and making artist’s books (with thanks to Jace Graf). It’s an immersion in art, away from ringing phones and all the duties of daily life that interrupt the creative process. It’s always sad to leave.