I have already written extensively in the past of what I think about the workshop argument.
For 2012 my proposal for TPW takes a split.
Two different paths with very different purposes and intents but both born with the same desire to improve in a practical and concrete way the quality of the photographic projects of the participants:
– in Sicily, from the 9th to the 16th of July: HOW
We will deal with “HOW” to do a photo shoot.
It will be a very technical course, to try and teach you how to photograph in order to reach the results I obtained on the sets of Sports Illustrated and Sportweek Dreams: how to make the body of a model look sexy and attractive, through the use of technique, lighting, locations, hair and makeup, post production.. In short everything that is normally used on set of a real and actual photo shoot for a client. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to provide to its participants with detailed technical knowledge to achieve the results of my work done for magazines and catalogues.
– In tuscany, from the 29th of July to the 4th of August: WHY
We will deal with “WHY” do a photo shoot.
In these times of great technical and cultural changes, it is absolutely normal to feel disoriented, loose all (or not finding yet!) the stimuli to produce something intimate and original. Often to us photographers happens that we begin in one direction and in the end we find ourselves in the complete opposite. During this process we loose sight of the reason why we got into the world of photography in the first place. Our vision gets hindered by the complexity of our daily lives, loosing the capability to see and we limit ourselves to only watch. This workshop is aimed at photographers with a certain experience, that want to rediscover their vision through a project, as well as novice photographers, that want to start with a fresh mind and free of old stereotypes about the profession as a photographer.
The ultimate goal of this workshop is for each student to make each student conceptualise a photographic project, totally and completely structured around him/her: his/her feelings, his/her culture, his/her technique and unique view of the world and life.
I have also renewed the workshop page on my website: for the workshop in Tuscany I did not want to use my images but photographs taken by my students. They were much better than mine. Thank you!