For many, the autumn heralds the onset of winter, the end of summer, a season that engenders melancholy and sadness. For me, perhaps it’s because I was born in October, autumn is a time for new beginnings and it’s probably my favourite season. From a photographic point of view the opportunities are endless.
In keeping with my many new beginnings, new school years, new schools, that giant leap from school to university and being away from home for the first time, this autumn is no exception. I’ve taken the leap from teaching workshops in Cornwall to teaching week-long photography courses in Iceland. This has been in the planning for many months. I’ve made many friends in Iceland in the process. There hasn’t been so much time for photography or blogging but everything is now in place. I finished the website last night and we’re good to go.
The courses are aimed at photographers of all levels. For those that need it, we quickly cut through the unnecessary (in my opinion) complications and jargon that photo journalists regurgitate endlessly (well they’ve got to write about something I suppose) that keeps many new photographers floundering, to the fundamentals of exposure and the manual operation of your camera. From there, we get to what’s really important. The more esoteric aspects of photography that are perhaps harder to teach and for this reason, are overlooked by many of the photography courses and workshops out there.
We concentrate on unravelling the person behind the viewfinder, investigating their relationship with the camera and subject and exploring why this is so important in terms of developing photographically. In this process we take the photographer beyond the snapshot, beyond creating facsimiles of a scene to creating pieces of art that reflect the person making the pictures. In the process we develop that all important photographic voice that sets individual photographers and their work apart. Something that’s so important in a world awash with imagery.
To do this I’ve deliberately chosen a location that in my mind cannot fail to inspire, enthrall and contribute hugely to this process that I’m describing. For me Iceland has it all and I can’t think of a better place in which to teach photography. I’m sure that by the end of the course, those attending will be as smitten as I am and will no doubt return to continue their journey..
Some of you may have noticed the Iceland in Focus link in the footer of my blog. This widget links to my website where course details and dates can be found. I look forward to seeing some of you in Iceland. I’ll be there for the next couple of weeks. I have a few meetings to attend but for the most part, I’m looking forward to lots of photography! ;-)