Here I am! I would have liked to write you sooner but these few days have been, how can I say, a bit hectic…
Last weekend I held a workshock (© Francesca Stella) in Venice, at the wonderful TRE OCI venue, with the honour and the burden of being the very first to open the workshop season. On the same location as well as all around us (as a good omen for our work) the beautiful exhibition by Elliott Erwitt.
What can I say… unfortunately two days are just not enough.. Is a bit coitus interupptus… furthermore it was chaos because of the Americas Cup, which had upset the venetian life… and I was tired after a thousand trips.. despite all this it was, at least for me, a great weekend! The TRE OCI building is really wonderful, it is situated in a quiet and not extravagant corner of Venice, perfectly run and well organised. I was lucky enough to have “students” who abandoned themselves without complaining much about my madness (like taking pictures with the viewfinder covered or -worst!- not shoot at all: in two days we must have each taken photographs for 5 minutes only, anyhow we weren’t there for that!).
In short it was very pleasant.
Here are some backstage shots, kindly taken by Silvia Pasquetto. As you may notice we were all wearing painter overalls: besides the fact that I liked the idea of being all dressed the same it helped me to write with a marker everyone’s name on it…
When the moment came to take only 36 pictures with the viewfinder covered I thought it was time to pay homage to the famous photo by Elliott Erwitt by making my own version:
By the end of the two days I thought of not doing the classic group photo, but instead execute a little something I’ve had in mind for quite sometime, which gave me the opportunity to list all the participants: in order of appearance the first photographs the models, the second photographs the first who is photographing the models, the third photographs the second who is photographing the models.. And so on until the end where I photograph the last as well as the models in the front. And all of this at exactly the same time, because we all took our positions and the moment I whistled everyone took the picture!
Thank you very much to all of you, thanks to Magena and Arianna (our models), thanks to Camilla (our guardian angel), thanks to Emanuela (the big boss) and thank you to all that took part in this! (amongst these a thank you to Valentina for the kind words!)
See you at the next workshock!