Last night I got back from teaching a photo workshop in Bath, England, over an extended weekend. The participants and I had a great experience, despite the weekend being clogged down by some heavy rain. After weeks of lovely sunshine and what seems to have returned to more sunshine, the workshop really found the one weekend with pretty nasty weather. Particularly on Saturday it was wet and cold, and we all felt a little demolished after a whole day out in the rain. But I have to praise all the participants for their determination not to let the rain take them down. They kept shooting until late in the evening. We did get some sunshine, too, but as one of the participants said, the rain will make sure we won’t forget this workshop.
For me it was also an unforgettable workshop because of the group itself. The spirit and the eagerness to learn and willingness to being challenged was enormously inspiring for a workshop teacher. I think it shows in the result they came home with. They all captured some outstanding images. Street photography is always difficult, because you photograph in an environment where you have no control, and thus will capture a lot of less than satisfactory images. They never gave up pushing on and searching for new possibilities and photos.
For me—as in all the workshops I teach—I learned just as much as the participants did, by their vision and the way they see the world through the camera. We all bring ourselves into our photography and thus we all shoot differently. And nothing is more inspiring than seeing how others perceive the world in their pursuit of photography. I had a great weekend, to put it simple. In a later post, I will get back to the amazing work of the participants.