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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Photo Bits and Bobs

Photo Bits and Bobs

It has been a very busy and exciting time for us. We are currently pulling together our summer and autumn photography travel plans. There are some really great locations on the table, which should provide us with plenty of visual opportunities. We’ll keep you updated.

With an upcoming lens announcement from Fuji regarding a new XF 90mm F2 lens. While we enjoy shooting with the XF 56mm F1.2, we eagerly anticipate testing this new lens and taking it on some of our trips.

Some of you ask us about workshops – yes it is something we are working on; however, we want to do something different. Our objective is to take you to our favourite North American locations (it doesn’t mean the most popular) to photograph together and share our approach with you. Most importantly, we would like to go with you on a journey of visual self-discovery. Stay tuned for more.

Another area of interest is e-books. We have started working on the first one tailored to new photographers. Many different paths lead to the same destination. Based on our struggles and successes, we would like to provide an aspiring photographer with a guide to finding HIS vision and HER way of seeing. Check out our blog for more information.

Finally, and most importantly, WE’VE GOT OUR X-SHIRT!!! Just in case you have been dozing and don’t know what it is all about, check this link for more info. This charity project, by Patrick of Fujirumors, goes a long way to help those that need it. While we play with our expensive photo gear and go on photo trips we often forget how fortunate we are. This project is a great way to help and HEY, this shirt is super comfortable, really well made and cool (more about this in our next post – including some images).

Here are some images from our photo trips that somehow never found their way to this blog – all taken with the X-series gear.














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