Visual Poet Experience 2020 details have gone live!

Visual Poet Experience 2020 details have gone live!

This year has been incredibly busy and eventful, and it’s continuing to be. Having said that one of the greatest privileges of what I do is to meet some of you in person. Some of the most lasting friendships I have developed over the years are with people I met on the Visual Poet Experience Workshops.

But that’s not the only reason why I cherish those workshops. Observing and watching how some of my students succeed and become known in the community for their stunning work is absolutely priceless to me. I am well aware that my workshops are not for everyone (this is definitely not a tour) but those who have taken them over the years know that we take photography seriously and passionately. Therefore, we study, discuss and challenge ourselves to produce the best work possible over the weekend. The workshop is packed with a rewarding educational program and hands-on shooting on the streets of the world’s cities.  

Regardless of the level of expertise, we take the whole weekend to make sure we produce stunning work and my students leave the workshop equipped with tools and ideas to grow THEIR OWN seeing and craft their own imagery.

After an amazing 2019, I am very happy to announce the cities for the Visual Poet Experience 2020. Of course, you can read more and see my students’ work and their testimonies on my new Visual Poet Experience website. 

I am looking forward to meeting you and crafting great imagery together in 2020.

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It is great to be among friends

It is great to be among friends

Photography and the craft of seeing matters to me. For this and many other reasons I have been publishing serious doses of photographic thought on this blog. Today I would like to talk about something very important and close to my mind – YOU!

The last few months have been pretty intense. I admit, I have been working very hard to pursue my passion of photography and build my photography business. I photographed some of the most incredible cities in the world, led multiple workshops, wrote hundreds of articles and essays, including my monthly column in the FujiLove Magazine, participated in the exhibition at the Capture Photography Festival, made many presentations, webinars and most recently published “Seeing Simplified – How to see and craft great imagery” a book on which I have been working for quite a while. As you can imagine, this launch was an important milestone for me. Now the book is out, I’ve taken a one-day break to pause, gather my thoughts and simply rest.

Strangely enough, this moment of reflection transpired at the same time as I received numerous emails and messages from You my photographic friends. Your humanity, kindness and understanding moved me deeply. No, not in the honeyed and sweet way but rather in an in-depth, sincere and revealing modus. Some of you asked me how I was doing, if I needed any help, offered a meeting or just a place to stay. Such interactions with you, friendships, exchanges, in person or through email or social media, are priceless to me. And I am not only talking about those pleasant interactions. Some of you have been tough but fair in your critique or advice. I appreciate both equally. 

There is no question that being a full-time photographer is not easy and some days are better than others. However, every time my head goes down and doubts reassert themselves, YOU lift me up. If I had to choose one thing that makes everything worthwhile, it is having the privilege of getting to know every single one of You. Indeed, it is great to be among friends. 

Here is some imagery taken on the streets of London with the X100F and X-E3 paired with the XF 35mm F1.4


Next time…


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The London Bus

The London Bus

It has been a couple of intense weeks with multiple projects in the works. I have to admit that I am looking forward to a holiday slow down and my usual year-end photographic self-confession. It is going to be fun, especially this year.

This December I will be shooting with a brand new XF 80mm f/2.8 lens (thank you Fujifilm Canada). Usually I don’t operate in this focal length but given my R-A-I-N project I have certain imagery in mind that would benefit from this tool. Also, I will be trying a new X-E3 camera, mostly to debate with myself the usefulness (or not) of a touch screen.

On another subject, it is great to welcome so many new subscribers to our Simplicity-In-Seeing platform. Starting in December, we will be having regular video-conference calls allowing us to share and discuss our imagery. I’m really looking forward to this new learning experience.

Finally, two spots have opened up for my London Creative Street Photography Workshop this March – just saying, but don’t blame me if you find them gone 🙂

For today, I would like to share with you a mini-essay “The London Bus” taken in London with the X100F.


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New Street Photography Workshops: London and Berlin

New Street Photography Workshops: London and Berlin

London and Berlin – what amazing cities to do street photography, meet passionate people and learn how to see and craft stunning images! I am very excited to invite you to the three-day workshops I have the privilege to lead.

There is no question that there is a plethora of street photography out there – and some truly brilliant work. However, photographing in the city is so much more than the word “street” implies. Although most street photography deals with documenting what’s out there and in plain sight, we want to go beyond that. Our objective is to create imagery which not only challenges your senses but triggers an emotional and visual reaction – whatever it may be. Yes, you are right! Sometimes such work is not easy to consume but one thing is for sure – it will give the viewer pause, trigger emotions and jolt the thought process. To achieve this, we have worked over the course of the last few years to create a program which helps you to do just that.

During these three days, we will discover our inner seeing and challenge ourselves to be different but bold. There will also be some discussions, presentations and technicalities. My objective in the three-day workshops is not to show you how to photograph on the street but teach you methods, provide you with tools and empower you to capture visuals in your own unique way. Ultimately your personality, your life experiences and your inner strengths will guide the seeing.

There are very limited spots available in order to allow the maximum personal interaction, so please book early (see links below).

The Streets of London / March 9 – 11, 2018 

The Streets of Berlin / March 16 – 18, 2018 

Blowing my own horn is not something I like to do so let’s hear what others have to say about yours truly.

“A true visual poet” – Sid, podcaster

Olaf posesses that rare ability to truly observe that which the rest of us can only see – Spencer Wynn, Fujifilm X-Photographer

“I’ve seen Olaf at work, and it is poetry” – Peter Faris, workshop participant

“Real Artistic Visionary” – Tomash, a founder of FujiLove

 “One of the best street photographers out there” – Mac Sokulski, photographer and podcaster 

“Olaf’s stunning photography is a visual gift to the world” – Patrick, a founder of 

“A unique eye for superbly creative and aesthetically pleasing images” –  Iain Palmer, a founder of 53mm

“Olaf’s photos always surprise with their dramatic contrasts, reduction of elements to powerful geometric shapes and the placement of colour where it matters. All this, despite his wicked sense of humour.”Sally Jennings, a writer and editor

Here are examples of the sort of images we will be crafting:

If you would like to see more of my imagery please visit

Just a sample what workshop participants think about the experience:

 I was extremely resistant to both (street and photography) because it meant I had to ask people for photographs or bypass their permission. Olaf’s teaching let me put the worst of that behind me, even (amazing!) made me enjoy it. The result? The best five days of my photographic life and some of the best images I’ve ever produced. I’ll never be the photographer he is but he shared enough of his knowledge and focus that I came out of the workshop a much better photographer than the guy that went in. – Robert Raisler, California

“Having just completed a workshop with Olaf I can honestly say my photography will never be the same. Much better I am sure. I was new to street photography and I appreciated Olaf’s style of explaining about, then demonstrating all that went into setting up and taking the shot, then showing us the result. That gave me the confidence to venture out on my own for some great people and town shots. His feedback on my shots was extremely helpful.” – Elaine, California

“The video and blog only gave a taste of what it was like to work with Olaf in person. He has a singular devotion to his work, and has acquired expert knowledge of how to capture amazing images. Fortunately, he is incredibly generous in sharing this knowledge. Without knowing Olaf, my biggest fear in taking the workshop (apart from the fear my images might suck) was that he might be a secretive hard-case who dribbled out crumbs of information. The exact opposite was true. Shooting sessions included solid approaches to getting good images, but were also filled with many creative suggestions. I have many more great images from the workshop, and many great memories as well. I highly recommend his workshop to aspiring photographers, and also to experienced photographers seeking inspiration and a unique perspective.” – Peter Faris, Calgary 

 “I want to thank you again for your work as teacher. At the end of first shooting session I was desperate, almost to tears. I felt that I was ridiculously wasting the time of a great photographer in an attempt to learn things that I would never be able to do, even to see. “But we went on, and your presence, the way you shot began to inspire me. Finally, I couldn’t believe I got it. With your vision and work I began to connect with my work. The images I previewed were there, even in ways I had not expected. Yes, I had been able to truly express myself photographically. “I began seeing. Thank you again, Olaf.” – Robert Mañé Velilla, Barcelona




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