This past October 2014 I was lucky enough to participate in a fantastic photography workshop in New Brunswick, Canada with photographers Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant.
I was hesitant to post a blog entry on the workshop so long after the experience, but in thinking about the week spent in New Brunswick I was reminded of the wonderful, inspirational and educational experience it was, and that alone seems reason enough to write a little entry.
I am not much of a documentary writer (or photographer for that matter), so rather than describe the details of the experience I will describe my impressions, my ideas and my thoughts.
Overall, the workshop was amazing. Truly an experience of a lifetime. The setting was breathtaking: the Kingston Peninsula in wonderful fall colours. We were very lucky with the weather (cold but very little rain)
My main take-away from the workshop in terms of where I want to go with my own photography was not in the technical education that I received, but rather, in finding and understanding my own purpose for photography. I have photographed for many years, but have almost exclusively focused on the pursuit as a cathartic act of seeing and capturing. Rarely have I considered why I see what I see, or why I capture what I do in the ways that I do. This is what I feel my photography needs from me. Some definition. Some thought. Some questions (and maybe some answers?).
Some Technical/Practical Take-Aways:
- Panning - I have taken pictures using this technique before, but Andre showed that it can be taken much further, for a much more startling effect.
- Composite Montages - I had never done these before the workshop, but with Andre's help, learned how to. A whole new world of creative exploration has opened up to me.
- Multiple exposures - still need practice with that, but the effects that I saw in the workshop were really neat.
I think that the most lasting impression I have from the workshop is of the inspirational photographers I was able to work with everyday, including Freeman and Andre. I still feel filled to capacity with the amount that I learned from everyone at this workshop.
For details on this workshop and others offered by Andre and Freeman visit Freeman Patterson's website here: freemanpatterson.com/workshops