“Pain is weakness leaving the body”-marine motto
As a photographer I am always trying to discover what my style is, who I am artistically and to challenge myself to learn new ways of looking at the world. I want to have what I experience through my lens translate into the images I create. One way that I do that is to go to the occasional workshop to learn new things.
One of the groups of photographers that I am involved with is called Foundation. I have been to 2 foundation workshops. It is an extremely exciting and challenging workshop taught by some of the top photojournalists in the country. This time my group leader was Amy Deputy along with Huy Nguyen, Jay Premack and Rachel LaCour Niesen. I learned so much from each of them! The workshop is 4 days of no sleep, stretching yourself and being surrounded by unbelievably talented people.
We were each given a photojournalist assignment and two days to photograph. When we came back from a day of shooting we looked at all the images each person shot and talked about the process picking out images that tell a story. It was quite humbling having such intense scrutiny of my images and also to witness the critiques of my fellow team members. The last day we met for dinner and watched everyone’s final presentations.
I learned a lot about myself, the things that I do well and the things I can do to improve my work. My assignment was a Crossfit gym. My story was all about the grueling physical workout the members put themselves through several days a week. I felt like I was doing the same thing with my photography. I was challenging myself in a new and extremely difficult way to push through to a new place.
The main lessons that I learned:
1. That sometimes you just want to pick your spot, stand still, watch and wait.
2. Visual chaos is not good.
3. To bring my personal style and flair into my work.
4. To COMMIT to my images. To have a vision, shoot it and commit to it