And so also the TPW 2011 has gone by! And how did it go?!? Well! Every year it gets more intense and focused, perhaps it is because I put a bit more of myself each time, often finding myself dangerously at ease in the unexplored areas of research and experimentation: I don’t know what I am looking for, but I know how to find it!
What is for sure is that the purely photographic aspect is more and more neglected: not for a second do we speak about light/shutter speed/diaphragms/flash… more often we speak about… life!
In comparison with the past years I’ve introduced two new elements, which I think they have been useful.
– The first theme was the self portrait: I invited all my students to somehow introduce themselves within their work. I think it was a good thing, it surely strengthened the awareness of the fact that the photographer has to be strongly present in its own photographs, with its own experiences, with its own story… in short with its own life.
– The second was to “force” all works to be done in one limited space, the room where our class was. All the work was done without ever leaving it, from those few square meters. I think also this turned out to be very useful, to help us understand that it is not necessary to go who knows where to do nice things (the Maldives! The Caribbean!) but the one to find is always very close…
The students where excellent, especially in letting themselves go towards something which was completely new: the work which was executed was really marvellous.
Here is the video at the end of the course:
Niccolò, one of the students, made a reportage of the weekend, really sweet: questo
And my assistant Pasquale has filled a TPW! Filled with his backstage pictures during these days! Here:
I made a little something myself: when I gave the assignment to create the first self-portrait, I also made one, this:
And when we started speaking about identity I made this:
Here, this is all.
Thanks to Luca, Alam (from Indonesia!), Francesco, Francesca, Niccolò, Chiara, Luigi, Matteo
Thanks to Laura, assistant for the course
Thanks to Pasquale, my assistant
Thanks to Arianna, Gemma and Martina the models
THANK YOU EVERYONE