New 2018 “Visual Poet Experience” Workshops Announced

New 2018 “Visual Poet Experience” Workshops Announced

My team and I are very pleased to announce most of the lineup of photography workshops for 2018. We say most because we will most likely add one of the cities in Australia, and San Francisco (end of 2018).

Here is our lineup of “A Visual Poet Experience” photography workshops.

London / March 9 – 11, 2018

Berlin / March 16 -18, 2018

Toronto / June 8 – 19, 2018

New York / June 15 -17, 2018

Vancouver / August 10 -12, 2018

Paris / September 21 – 23, 2018  

A Visual Poet Experience? After receiving amazing feedback from my students over the course of the last few years, I realized that the commonly understood term “Street Photography” doesn’t give justice to what we do at our workshops. Of course, our visual exploration is deeply imbedded in the urban environment and has many of the underpinnings of street photography, but we go way beyond that.

During our workshops, we learn techniques and a design philosophy that not only match each student’s personality but also work in any visual environment. We combine unusual elements to create a STRONG and UNIQUE photographic message. In other words, we learn to craft images by arranging elements within the frame for maximum emotional and visual impact. I want my students to go deeper into their inner-seeing to craft their own stunning visuals.

Those of you who write poetry know that this genre of writing requires “all of you.” To be more specific, you choose words and arrange them in a new and unusual way to craft powerful verse. This analogy applies directly to photography.

Let me tackle another point. Some aspiring (younger and older) photographers say that they are not sure if they are “good enough” to participate in this experience. Let me debunk this nonsense. It is often the case that those who are new to photography make much faster progress in their seeing than those who have been shooting for years. Why? Because they don’t have preconceived ideas of what the final image should be. They are free to explore and experiment. If you are just starting, don’t be afraid – we old timers need you! J   

Having said that, I would like to thank my students and now friends for coming up with this expression, especially Peter from Calgary and Robert from Barcelona. I hadn’t thought about it this way before.     

Today instead of individual imagery, let me share with you a few screenshots from our personal photo books. They are entirely designed and produced by my super-talented wife, Kasia. Next time Kasia and I will share some thoughts about creating and designing photo books.  

Click on every image for a larger view.



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NEW: Toronto Street Photography Workshop – June 8-10, 2018

NEW: Toronto Street Photography Workshop – June 8-10, 2018

For the first time, olafphoto’s creative street photography workshop is coming to Toronto this summer!

I couldn’t be happier to announce this special event. There is so much to love about this remarkable city. It’s friendly and full of life, a metropolis with a wonderful mix of cultures, world-class architecture and cuisine and so much more – a perfect place to learn street photography. Our street photography workshop is an in-depth learning program I designed over the last few years.

Photographing in the city is so much more than the word “street” implies. While the majority of 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 emotional and visual reactions – whatever they may be. Yes, you are right! Sometimes such work is not easy to consume; sometimes it may even be confusing but one thing is for sure – it will give the viewer pause, triggering emotions and stimulating ideas.

On the three days of the workshop we will be discovering our inner seeing and challenging ourselves with different but bold photography. Yes, there will some discussions, presentations and technicalities. My objective in the 3-day workshops is not just to show you how to photograph on the street but teach you methods, provide you with tools and empower you to capture visuals in a unique way. Ultimately, your personality, life experiences and inner strengths will guide the “seeing.”

However, let my students’ work speak for itself. Here are the links to some imagery shot by my students on our previous workshops (here, here and here). Most of the students were just starting in photography but they shot amazing images by applying their own “seeing” and the concepts and practical ideas they learnt during the workshop. Judge for yourself! 

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

Here is the video from my San Francisco Workshop along with some imagery shot by my students and myself.

There are only 8 spots available! Make sure to book early as the workshops sell out fast!


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