Last week I returned from the Bolivian photo workshop «On the Tracks of Che Guevara». After 10 intense and inspiring days with a group of 16 Danish photographers and photojournalists, I can only ascertain that the workshop was a huge success. It was hard work for participants, teachers and organizers, it was strenuous travelling days, it was long evenings and early mornings, it was rain, it was sun, it was merciless but constructive picture critique and it was a constant fight with a clock that didn’t have enough hours each day. We even had to fight mudslides and blocked roads because of infinite amounts of rain the first day after arriving Bolivia and if that wasn’t enough one of the cars in the convoy one day took off in a wrong direction resulting in an extra 100 k’s of driving on bad dirt roads. Still it was a great experience, it was fun, it was eye opening and it was a travel full of impressions. But most importantly every participant developed their photograph skills during the workshop – of course to a greater or lesser degree – and could all at the end show for themselves a strong and personal Bolivian portfolio.
Here are some pictures I took myself during the workshop. Giving a workshop means basically no time to shoot or hardly any time at least. Instead I am happy to say that all the participants came back with excellent pictures – much better than the ones any I took. Which is how a workshop should be. Tomorrow I will be heading back to Malawi to teach another workshop there. This time the theme is foreign journalism which I will be teaching along with my colleague and friend Øystein for 12 Norwegian journalist.
If you want to know more about how the Bolivian workshop went, please have a look at the blog of Blue Hour Photo Workshops.