Teaching workshops are one of the things I enjoy most besides actually taking photos. It’s always fun to meet other photographers – whether professionals or amateurs – and experience how they see the world through their cameras. We all have different approaches, and what is really inspiring for me personally is the fact that I learn just as much as I hope the participants do in my workshops. That’s really the big drive in these workshops; this reciprocal exchange between fellow human beings with photography as a common denominator.
Today I am starting a complete new workshop in the small town of Villajoyosa in Spain. I think it’s going to be great fun – at least I see I have an excellent and interesting group of participants. Over the next five days I am sure they will put a mark on the local community by exploring the small town situated on Costa Blanca, Spain with their cameras. And by the end of the week they will have produced a coherent body of work that shows the variety of life as it is in Villajoyosa
Just before going to Villajoyosa I finished another great teaching experience, my newly developed eWorkshop. Over the last eight weeks participants from all over the world from Singapore, to Norway, to UK, to USA have been doing some great work within the framework of this new workshop of mine. It was a different experience but I think we all enjoyed it very much. At least from my perspective as the teacher I have sincerely enjoyed watching all of them develop their vision and photography from wherever they came from. As part of the workshop the participants were shooting a personal project, and when I did the final edit of these projects last week I was indeed very impressed by the quality they were all able to present. Over the next couple of months I would like to showcase their first-rate work here on my blog.
In the meantime I am pleased to present some other work of theirs. Another assignment in this workshop was to do a series of self-portraits. My experience – and the feedback from the participants said so too – is that this is a very challenging assignment. Photographers like to photograph others, but don’t much like to be standing on the other side of the lens. Exactly for that reason I think doing self-portraits is a very useful and educational task for any photographer. Particularly when you have to show the final results to somebody you don’t know. The thing is when a photographer goes to the task with intent; it is a very revealing process – as I think the participants of my eWorkshop experienced. And again I was really impressed with the result. The photos accompanying this post are all self-portrait captured by the participants of the eWorkshop. Don’t you think they did a great job? How would you have done it if you were to take a self-portrait?