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In this Masterclass, we will delve into various aspects of the photographic process and contemplate the role that we, as photographers, play within it.
What makes us pick up the camera?
Why do we press the shutter button at a specific moment?
How do I position myself as a photographer in relation to my subject?
What is the experience of being photographed like?
We inhabit a world filled with endless possibilities, and our encounters with beauty are profoundly personal.
The manner in which we perceive the world shapes the narratives we weave.
A Photo reveals the Photographer.
Who is this masterclass intended for?
The purpose of the Masterclass is to encourage you to introspect about your photographic practices and aid in conveying the thoughts and sensibilities unique to each photographer’s perspective.
This series of talks does not delve into the techniques employed to create a specific style or genre of photography.
Instead, it caters to those who are interested in comprehending the language of photography, seeking to uncover ways to articulate their distinct visual perspectives through the medium.
You can sign up for a two-year membership.
The special launch price for this Masterclass is 249 €.
During this period, you will have unlimited access to the 14 videos, 5 interviews, and any new videos that are added.
We offer a 15-day guarantee for the Masterclass course.
But there is more to it…
We will connect through video conferencing in a few private one-hour sessions.
You have the flexibility to choose the times that suit you within the two-year period.
During these sessions, we’ll dig into your photographic aspirations, discuss your projects, and explore ways to elevate them to a higher level.
Any questions you may have about photographic techniques can also be addressed in our two private sessions.
If there is a collective interest in delving into a specific photographic technique, additional video material can be provided.
Furthermore, workshops focusing on a particular theme can be arranged at an additional cost.
And on top of that…
In addition to this Masterclass, there is the opportunity to engage in private sessions or group sessions where we can discuss your work in progress
and exchange ideas and experiences with fellow participants.
These options are available for an additional fee and can be customized to meet your specific needs.
Content of the Masterclass
- 1 : Time and Photography
- Allow me to share a bit about myself and my photographic journey. Throughout my story, you’ll discover my deep fascination for capturing portraits of people in various poses.
I find immense joy in immersing myself in different cultures, driven by a relentless curiosity to learn and the thrill of being challenged to communicate even in the absence of a shared language.
- 2 : Two Kinds of Photography
- Documentary and staged photography – these are two distinct approaches, each with its own unique working method.
Do you identify as a street photographer, capturing candid moments as they unfold, or do you lean towards meticulously planning and arranging the composition of your subjects? Perhaps you find yourself seamlessly blending these two approaches in your work?
- 3 : Photography is about you
- Where do we position ourselves in the photographic process? As photographers, what is our role? Are we mere observers of the scenes unfolding before our lenses?
These questions prompt us to contemplate our potential impact within this process. Are we conduits for conveying something meaningful, or do we unintentionally obstruct the narrative?
- 4 : Framing Shots – Part One
- What factors guide us in shaping our frames?
As we observe the world, it, in turn, gazes back at us. Do we permit ourselves to be seen by the subjects we photograph?
Do we withdraw and observe from a distance, or do we actively engage in communication with our subjects?
- 4 : Framing Shots – Part Two
- When we move freely as photographers, we convey our relationship with the subject in a purer and more direct manner. As photographers, there is no refuge to conceal ourselves.
We exist within our photos. We are an integral part of them.
- 5 : Form and Photography
- Does the manner in which our photo is presented have an impact on the image itself and how we perceive it?
Our world is immersed with photographs, spanning a vast spectrum from advertising in newspapers to fine art photography showcased in galleries. Furthermore, in this age, virtually everyone is a photographer. What role do we assume within this extensive and diverse landscape?
- 6 : Photography and Technique
- We all understand the significance of mastering photographic techniques. However, is a photograph always enhanced by striving for impeccable technical quality?
- 7 : Photography and Aesthetics, Part One
When does a photo transform into photography? What is the unique photographic language that a photo employs to convey its content? We delve into aspects that are beyond our control but imbue photography with vitality and meaning.
- 7 : Photography and Aesthetics, Part Two
- “A beautiful photo and a photo of something beautiful…”
We explore their relationship and how they sometimes contend with each other!
- 8 : The Place of a photo, Part One
- The manner in which a photo is displayed influences how viewers perceive its message.
And its message is potent because a photo never ceases to narrate its story.
- 8 : The Place of a Photo, Part Two
- What is the optimal size for presenting a photo? How can we determine that? Furthermore, how do text and graphic design affect our image? We explore the ways in which we can incorporate text into an exhibition.
Photography possesses a somewhat stubborn character, often resisting our attempts to impose external elements upon it. It thrives as a solitary medium, shedding anything we endeavor to attach to it.
- 9 : Portrait Photography
- What position do we take towards the people we photograph?
In which direction do you want your model to look?
What impact does the direction of their gaze have on the portrait?
- 10 : The Self-Portrait
- Self-portraiture puts us in the shoes of the model. It allows us to experience being on the other side of the camera. Through this process, we not only explore new avenues of self-representation but also gain insight into the thoughts and emotions that a model undergoes when being photographed.
- 11 : Selfies
- Now, here’s a tricky one. I’m not particularly fond of selfies.
If you are, you might want to skip this section. No regrets!
- Interview 1 : B&W vs. Color
- Black and white and color, these are two distinct realms, two different perspectives.
Each of them leads to a distinct interpretation, even tells a different story altogether.
- Interview 2 : Analog vs. Digital
- Digital photography has transformed our approach to capturing images. It undeniably offers convenience and simplifies certain technological hurdles.
However, are there compelling reasons to revisit analog photography? Have we inadvertently sacrificed something valuable of which we may not be fully cognizant?
- Interview 3: Art Photos by Non-Photographers
- Photos can emerge from an intensive photographic process,
yet photography can also serve other purposes, maintaining its value and significance!
- Interview 4 : Inspired by…
- Photographers and artists, some of whom have undoubtedly inspired me…
- Interview 5 : Looking
- Sonja doesn’t cease to bombard me with questions, leaving me no room to prepare my answers! We delve into topics like our unique perspectives on the world, the act of venturing out in search of a photo, and the art of allowing our subjects to approach us.
Despite our personal preferences and dislikes, photography serves as a portal that enables us to grasp what ignited the photographer’s inspiration. We engage in discussions about the creative process and the birth of a photograph.