The Visual Poet Experience Workshop – Vancouver

The Visual Poet Experience Workshop – Vancouver

This August, the Visual Poet Experience Workshop in Vancouver is shaping up to be one of a kind. Although it officially runs from August 10th to 12th, this year I am offering one extra day, Monday, August 13th, at no extra charge. On this Monday, I will be available to my students to talk, study, [...]

Confidence – a roller-coaster to seeing (Intro)

Confidence – a roller-coaster to seeing (Intro)

Josef Koudelka would say, “Look at something and think, this is right.” Unfortunately, it is a constant search and we often doubt if indeed “this is right.” In other words, photography and confidence (or rather lack of it) has much in common. Wikipedia defines confidence as “a certainty about handling something.” When looking at my [...]

Conjuring the mindset of a start-up photographer

Conjuring the mindset of a start-up photographer

There are two pieces of wisdom shared among photographers: (1) you need to specialize, and (2) you need to find your own style. It makes sense. There are certain segments of the photographic market when this approach is necessary. For example, wedding or commercial photography requires a specific branding strategy without which it would be [...]

The Streets of Vancouver as seen by workshop participants

The Streets of Vancouver as seen by workshop participants

In my last post, I wrote about the privilege of working with a very talented group of people. I was really impressed by the way my students merged the elements of the Simplicity-In-Seeing program with their own way of seeing to create stunning imagery. As we walked around the Streets of Vancouver, we all saw [...]

A personal rant about street photography: READ IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!

A personal rant about street photography: READ IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!

I recently came across a fascinating article “Why Street Photography Matters in 2017” by Temoor Iqbal. I agree with many points raised in his piece. With everyone having access to a camera and the street “the result is an absolute mire of dreadful, samey images—endless medium-distance shots of people walking, endless portraits of buskers, and [...]