Far removed from the diktat of perfection, the workshop will put the spotlight on the concept of research with everything that this entails in terms of opening, sketching, discovering. George Georgiou and Vanessa Winship will lead you to focus your attention on your creative process.
We will begin by identifying each participant’s expectations through analysis of your previous series and your main sources of inspiration. Then, practical exercises that will be both entertaining and stimulating will steer your first steps into the territory. The aim will be to free yourself from the pressure of having to “take great pictures” in order to search more freely for your own rapport with the location, the landscape and its people. You will then be invited to continue your photographic peregrinations and to record day by day your encounters, your perceptions and your thoughts.
To achieve this, you may use all means of expression at your disposal: the various photographic genres of course — landscape, portrait, still life— but also sketches, note-taking, objects or documents collected, etc.
We will then construct these various traces and footprints through methodical selection and logical ordering.
Considering photography as its own language, we will discover how putting several images in sequence allows you to reveal a unique phrasing for each project.
The final outcome of the workshop will be to produce diaries or artists’ books, forms that allow participants to present their personal journey through their various editorial, narrative and esthetic choices. You will then be provided with a venue to present your book-objects in a suitable scenography, and to mediate them to a local audience.
The ultimate goal of the workshop is to help people connect with the artists we admired. In our experience, places are as important as people. We hope each workshop can be remembered as a wonderful inspiration for the participants.