Project R-A-I-N: Vancouver Street Photography Workshop

When the winter months arrive, many photographers put away their cameras. I used to do the same. A few years ago, I ventured out with my camera during a rainy day and tried to tune my visual senses to a new reality. What I discovered changed my seeing forever.

The beautiful winter light mixed with the gentle droplets of R-A-I-N and the atmospheric mood of the season provided me with special set of conditions to create and see the city I love anew. Since then, I have been working on my R-A-I-N project and I have to say that shooting in rain or snow has become my favourite photographic endeavour.

It is now hard to believe but during long and dry summer months I often long for those rainy days when I could venture out with my camera and discover truly amazing visuals. In fact, I love the experience so much that I decided to share it with you and lead the Project R-A-I-N: Vancouver Street Photography Workshop. 

This one-of-its-kind workshop is not only aimed at learning how to capture a unique atmosphere and visuals of rainy, cloudy days but will also provide you with a cornerstone of the Simplicity-In-Seeing program. We will learn how to See the Image, Craft the Image and Execute the Image using techniques Olaf has developed over the years to journey past the snapshot. Every day we will have a mix of presentations, discussions and street shooting in the most stunning Vancouver neighbourhoods. I will demonstrate my original “keep it simple” processing techniques tailored to the rainy imagery. You will receive notes and plenty of material to take home with you.

During the hands-on shooting on the streets of Vancouver each participant will spend extensive time with me individually. Such one-to-one interaction with my students is imperative in the learning process so our class sizes are limited to 8 participants only.

I hope you will join me on this unique shooting experience but I have to warn you, this may cause you to put away your camera in the summer months!

Reserve your spot early here! (only 6 left)

What kind of imagery we will be shooting?

In fact, I am so excited to shoot with you in the R-A-I-N (no we won’t get wet – OK maybe a little) that I reduced my usual workshop fee from US$695 to US$495 per participant.




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2 thoughts on “Project R-A-I-N: Vancouver Street Photography Workshop

  1. John,

    Thank you so much. It means a lot to me.

    Will be shooting in London this weekend and it looks like it is going to R-A-I-N. I have never thought I would be so excited about R-A-I-N 🙂

    All the best,


  2. I found the images in this blog very inspirational. Living as I do near the city of Manchester, England where bright sunny days are in short supply I was very impressed by your ability to find vibrant colour in the drabbest weather and produce images of which Saul Leiter would have been proud.

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