Siena Storytelling Workshop

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Just like any other profession, a photographer needs to constantly learn. Workshops, classes, online courses, whatever is necessary to either keep up with what you are doing, or extend your knowledge.

That is what took me to Siena, to follow a week long course of story telling. With teachers like Randy Olson and Melissa Farlow, both photographers for the National Geographic Magazine, and a location such as the medeaval town of Siena, not much could go wrong.

We were 10 photographers, from all over the world, all wanting to learn more about how to tell a story with photographs. Already on the first night, even before class had started, each one of us was introduced to our local ‘resident’, whom we were supposed to follow for a day,  shooting all we could, and later telling the story of this person’s daily life. There was a priest, a pizza man, a restaurant owner, an artist,… and I had to cover a day in the life of a traditional tailor. Exciting!

First, our teachers taught us what we should shoot exactly, and on day 3 we ready to go on the road and try it out.

My tailor -Vinicio- was a lovely, sweet and funny man, even though communication was difficult, if not nonexistent. He only spoke Italian, with a heavy accent, and my Italian is quite rusty. (I don’t actually speak Italian). So apart from following him around and shooting his pictures, I had a full day of smiling and nodding, and no talking.

The shooting of the pictures was the easiest thing, bringing them back into a short story was the hardest, and that is where Randy and Melissa came in to help and teach.

Story lines, no speed bumps, no repetition, and many more tips!

Now all I must do, is bring my story telling skills into practice.

World Photographic Cup 2019

 

The World Photographic Cup is a photographic competition unlike any other, comparable to what the Olympics are in sports. This year is the 6th edition, where 32 countries from 4 continents have handed in 3 photos per category (commercial/digital art illustrative/nature/portrait/reportage/ wedding), taken by several photographers, and aiming to become the best national team.

It was founded in 2013 by the FEP (Federation of European photographers) together with the PPA (Professional photographers of America). Today the UAPP (United Asian professional photographers) and the AIPP (Australian institute of professional photographers) are also taking part.

Last year the winning team was from the US. Even though Belgium has not yet won the cup, we have had several medals over the years. Martin Steenhout (silver in 2014), Koen de Langhe (gold in 2015), Ann Coppens (bronze in 2017), Evi Polak was finalist in 2018.

I am proud and honoured to have been selected as one of the photographers to represent my country in the category ‘digital art’, with this work called “The Game”.

In case you want to see “the Game” in real life, it is now on view in my exhibition “disclosure” in Ampla House Gent, this weekend and the next. And yes, it is also for sale.

 

Disclosure,

Ampla House, Coupure 88, 9000 Gent

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of November, from 11am to 6pm

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of November, from 11am to 6pm