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THE SHADOW WORKSHOPS

EXPLORING STORYTELLING, VISION & THE X-SERIES CAMERAS.


 

TOWARDS A CINEMATIC APPROACH TO PHOTOGRAPHY

We are all storytellers. It's how we communicate, connect and ultimately, how we transfer knowledge. And yet many of us forget this very basic concept when it comes to photography. For the past several years I've been fascinated by the idea of sequencing, of creating a narrative that stretches across more than a single frame. This has become somewhat of an obsession that has, in turn, affected the way I approach every aspect of my work. 

THE GOAL

The SHADOW WORKSHOPS focus on exploring the art of photography through visual storytelling and narrative. Our goal will be to learn how to let go of the hero image mindset, embrace instinct and recognize the elements that can serve to eventually frame an essay — all through discussions, reviews, exercises and lots of shooting time.

The cinematic universe is driven by story and mood, by the rhythm of an edit,  the flow and impact of images in a sequence. All these elements can also be an integral part of our photographic language.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Anyone interested in moving beyond the purely technical aspects of photography and examining the concepts of the photographic essay. It's easy to get lost in the mechanics of our craft, in the details, the variables and the gear; we're all geeks at heart — it's part of the experience. But creatively this can quickly become sterile and lead to a dead end. Ultimately, photography should be about expression, about finding our own voice once we've cracked the code. Once we've mastered how, it's time to turn towards why?

This isn't a basic 101 course: you'll need to be comfortable with your camera and already have a good grasp of all the fundamentals — the relationships between aperture, shutter speed and ISO, a good understanding of how your equipment works. You should also be familiar with editing workflows and have an interest in film-like processing treatments.

BUT...I LIKE BEING A GEEK

I know. So do I ;)
We will be looking at technical stuff and of course I'll be happy to answer questions and help out on any issues you may have during our time together. The idea isn't to turn photography into some sort of literary salon... Just to become aware of more than the nuts and bolts.

THE FUJIFILM X-SERIES?

No, this isn't a prerequisite—the workshops are for all photographers regardless of equipment. But as an official Fujifilm X-Photographer I can provide another layer to our time together if you shoot with an X-Series camera, help you make the most of the system and its possibilities—both in the field and during processing.

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ONE ON ONE


 

These are private Montreal-based workshops available in both english or french. The content can be further customized according to your particular interests and needs but the general idea is to strike a long conversation and immerse ourselves in photography — not just as an activity but as an idea, working towards creating a narrative. All workshops must be paid in full at least 7 days in advance. Online payment via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover), Square or Paypal. Also available on-location (at additional cost for travel and expenses).

ONE ON ONE | 3 DAYS

single participant; 2 days (over 3 days).

Package

  •  1 full day of shooting, review, exercices and discussions.

  •  1 day on your own to shoot and apply the concepts discussed.
  •  1 day in the studio (at my home) where we tackle editing and processing of the material, storyboarding and output.

Why a day on your own? It's meant to be both assignment and reflexion. The amount of information during a workshop can be overwhelming, even intimidating at times. Having a day to yourself, to decant, to try out new ideas and apply various concepts without anyone hovering over your shoulder is invaluable. It allows you to shoot in a free environment and allows me to judge those images in the studio with a fresh view, without any preconceived ideas.

Includes

  • Return transport to the studio (about 35 minutes outside the city) from the Longueuil metro station if required.
  • Lunch.
  • 1EYE, ROAMING eBook, PDF version and iBooks (exclusive) or THESE KINGS. THESE SUBTERRANEANS Mixed Media Edition. If already owned, a rain check for the next release.
  • Exclusive eBook featuring essays from the workshop and a personal evaluation.

Does not include

  • Travel expenses.
  • Lodging.

Booking
This is a private workshop with an open schedule that is booked year-long according to availability. Use the contact form at the bottom of this page to get in touch.

Tuition
$995 CDN


ONE ON ONE | 1 DAY

single participant; 1 day.

Package

  •  1 full day of shooting, review, exercices and discussions.

Includes

  • 1EYE, ROAMING eBook, PDF version and iBooks (exclusive) or THESE KINGS. THESE SUBTERRANEANS Mixed Media Edition. If already owned, a rain check for the next release.
  • Exclusive eBook featuring images from our workshop and a personal evaluation.

Does not include

  • Travel expenses.
  • Lodging.

Booking
This is a private workshop with an open schedule that is booked year-long according to availability. Use the contact form at the bottom of this page to get in touch.

Tuition
$650 CDN

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“I don’t believe in photography as an accumulation of pretty things. It should be an expression of how we experience and perceive the world around us—fully and subjectively—filtered through the aches, joys and desires that define who we are.”

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