Workshops Postponed

© Sven Creutzmann

The corona pandemic isn’t something soon going away. It has affected us all in many different ways. And the outlook for the rest of the year isn’t exactly promising. Thus, my workshop partner and I have decided to cancel our photo tour to Nicaragua, originally planed to take place in the end of October and beginning of November.

It’s with a sad heart I announce this cancellation. Up until last week we had hoped for a change to the better, but as the situation stands right now, with a second wave hitting many countries, the only responsible thing to do is to cancel this and another workshop I have planned this autumn.

There is no help crying over spilt milk, instead we need to look ahead. First of all, we—and I—will come back with new photo workshops and tours as soon as the corona slows down and makes the world a less unsafe place. Hopefully, already by next year we will see us fit to announce workshops and tours again, although that still remains to see.

In addition we will explore other options. Like one of the participants to the Nicaragua tour suggested after she was made aware of the cancellation: What about creating an online workshop where the participants will get a street photography project for a week, each one in his/ her city or town? Then during the week, the participant will meet on Zoom (or some other online platform) for feedback and professional guidance.

Personally, I like the idea, and I will play with the thought a little over the next weeks. Right now, though, I am already teaching a big online mentor program/workshop that will take most of my time. So if I decide to go for the idea, it will have to wait till later in the autumn. But maybe I can ask for some feedback at this point? Would such a workshop be of any interest?

As I mentioned above, I have decided to cancel another workshop that I teach by myself. It was suppose to take place in September in northern Norway. Technically I could probably have pulled it off, since at least Norwegians can travel freely, still. However, I think I should not encourage any activity that could potentially speed up the second wave of the corona outbreak.

We can stay be creative and keep developing ourselves as photographers—or as any other artist—but we need to stay safe and do our best to suppress the spread of the pandemic.

46 thoughts on “Workshops Postponed

  1. I feel for you, Otto. So many creative people (musicians, artists, photographers, performers) have had to cancel events and courses; often, these are their primary source of income – and a significant source of inspiration and feedback too. But you are right to be sensible and to take this responsible decision to avoid potentially adding to the spread of this virus. We are still in ‘Lockdown’ (Day 156 now) so we are supposed to stay at home as much as possible too. I am sorry this is such a difficult time for you though, but I hope that your online workshop works out!

  2. Otto, I really feel for you, after all the work you put in to planning and preparing. However, you have made the right decision. I’m all for an online Street Photography course!

  3. Otto – sorry you have to cancel your workshops. This has been a really tough year for everyone. I kind of like having a small workshop for us blog followers that might emphasize something special about a particular type of shot. Not sure I am into Street Photography at this point but overall could be a fun change of pace.

  4. Good to know that there are alternatives, Otto. As I said to my youngster the other day about the only thing you can’t do on Zoom is share food. 🙂 🙂 Thanks for letting us know.

  5. Such a difficult decision to make and yet simple when one thinks of the potential outcome travel might involve for the health of yourself and the participants.

    Online is simply the best solution to teach international students at the present time. I love street photography and even though I can no longer walk around outdoors myself, I’m sure there are many who can and have the interest.

    It’s a whole new world out there and anyone who rejects this notion is just burying their ‘head in the sand’.

  6. Hi Otto, its really sad that your workshop got cancelled. I’m sure you would makeup for it soon. And online mentoring classes sound quite helpful and great, most of the classes are being held digitally now, its the new normal atleast for the time being! Stay safe☺️

  7. oh no! i’m so sorry to hear this, Otto! Though I’m sure you can think of something to do online…. there’s an Olympus guy named Rob Trek on Youtube that has events on sundays and thursdays, one is a Q&A and the other is where people submit their pictures for advice and a bit of editing by Rob… I enjoy them very much… sometimes people give him money, but mostly he does it for free… but I’m just saying that maybe you could contact him for ideas!

  8. I am sorry to hear you have classes coming up and have to cancel it. I have head second wave may start coming. I hope this time we can deal with it before it gets to larger scale as last time. Please stay safe.

  9. A sad decision for you to make Otto, but a very sensible and responsible one. I’m sure a number of possible alternatives will emerge.

  10. Sorry to hear but also think it is the right decision. So many are finding ways to teach online. I think the idea you mention is good. While I am not interested in doing street photography I think I would be interested in seeing others results and the critiques. The unknown is so difficult. I have been isolating for 7 months already and have only gone out in public to the doctors or deliver my prints to some galleries. It’s getting old but I feel I must stay the course. Take care!

    1. Thank you for the concern. At least you have mother nature right there, but yes, it would be lovely to get back to a more normal social life, wouldn’t it! Take care you too, Denise.

  11. I’m so very sorry it has come to this, Otto. Life has really been interrupted all over our beautiful planet. So many lives upended, livelihoods drained. I can only imagine how excruciating it was for you and your partner to make this decision. Best of luck regrouping. Here’s looking forward to a time in the future when COVID-19 has run its course.

  12. It sounds like you did the right thing, and I’m glad the mentoring is keeping you busy. I think Zoom workshops are a good idea in the meantime. It seems lots of people are doing them…people may complain about Zoom but as time goes by, the wrinkles should iron out and people will figure out how to make it a better experience. Take care and stay healthig, Otto!

    1. Thank you, Lynn. Yes, as with anything new, as Zoom or other equivalent platforms are for most people, it takes some trial and error to figure out how to make the best use of it. Stay healthy, you too.

  13. I’m sure it was the right decision, Otto. We are now into September and the numbers of Covid-19 are rising again. I have attended many Zoom meetings over the past few months and find it an excellent platform. My photographic society arranges meetings twice a month on Zoom in addition to talks from photographers from far away that we could not have afforded to invite to the club, With online tutoring for a group spread all over the world you can reach so many more clients. Sounds very interesting, I will stay tuned. 🙂

    1. I think online workshops and mentor programs can work very well. I still enjoy teaching “in real”. Right now I am running a three month program in Norwegian and enjoy it very much.

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