It could be months, but I'd like to think it will be weeks. :)
This Place - a project and a traveling exhibition featuring photographic work of 12 world-renowned photographers such as Frederic Brenner, Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, and Nick Waplington. DOX, Prague, 2014
This is a very important photograph for me. And not because of the subject nor the place...
Signal is a light art festival during which Prague's historical buildings are lit up and shown to people in a new way. I had a wonderful opportunity to stumble upon a wonderful video mapping projection yesterday and having a camera with me, I had to make a photograph.
Two years ago I was running around Italy with a Holga in my hand. It was a lovely experience during with I made a few photographs. But when it came to this one, I decided it wasn't a good photo and rejected it. Thankfully I didn't delete it, because as a couple years went by, I suddenly started to see it in a new way and began to like it.
She was quietly sitting on a bench, eating a sandwich, thinking.
It was the time when I thought there were no photographs to be made that day. Then while walking back I saw the boy hanging upside down in a scene perfect for being unconventional.
Over the weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to attend two amazing Street Photography workshops organized by Festival FOTOSFÉRA. The first was led by Antonín Kratochvíl, a founder of the VII photo agency, a photojournalist, and all around great photographer. And the second one by Felix Lupa, also a world-renowned photographer, specializing in reportage, documentary, and street photography, whose photographs are often published in Israel’s leading newspapers and appear in magazines and on television...
You are there, but you are not. You are fast, but not aggressive. You walk in there. You look around. Then you start taking photographs. People will get used to you being there after a while. And you got to be very positive and also able to make fun of yourself.
Once you become friends with one family, the whole community will open up to you.
The workshops however were about much more than just inspirational quotes and great pieces of advice. The atmosphere was incredible, seeing photographers like Antonín and Felix do their thing amazing, and getting to see all the photos other students shot during the time we went shooting on our own was eye-opening. There is something about being in the same place at the same time with 10 other photographers and then seeing how different photographs each of us took.
A great teacher will point you to the right direction, but lets you get there on your own.
I loved the master an apprentice format of these photo workshops. Being taught a few general concepts, and then having to use them on my own without anyone holding my hand. Getting feedback. Then shooting on my own again. And doing it all over again, was a great way to be taught and to learn.
Taking a workshop with Antonín as well as Felix is something one will probably never forget. If you get a chance to take a workshop with either of them, I highly recommend it.
Once I bought a film camera from a man on the street. I loaded it with a roll of Tri-X, I had in my bag, and went for a walk around the city center. I was a quiet and peaceful day, no one was in a hurry and people were enjoying their daily lives...
Walking by the Austrian Institute was a real treat, the Gerti Deutsch exhibit not only opened my eyes but also helped me to make this photograph. Every time I look at it, I the words "When I was young..." come to mind.