Shooting Raw: Building an Honest and Vulnerable Personal Project

Level: Photography - Confident Beginner

Photography often seems to sit at the intersection of skill and humility. No matter the topic, or how distant it seems from you, it’s not until you find yourself or examine your motivation to tell a story, that your photography becomes compelling to others. In this collaborative workshop co-led by Sara Lando and Tanya Habjouqa, you will be encouraged to find and develop your personal vision. By sharing work, no matter the state it is in, and leaving yourself open and vulnerable to a collaborative critique and conversation, you will nurture the process of finding your way to personal epiphanies of narration.

Photography can a be the tool to inspire new ways of seeing and experiencing life—both with our cameras and emotively. Quite often the stories we choose to tell reveal as much about ourselves as it does about our subjects. If you are not curious, obsessed, and hungry, the story will show this. Inspiration for photography is multifaceted; it can be a quote, a song lyric, a glance, a memory of your mother. This one-day workshop will facilitate discussions and employee exercises that allow you to find the personal in your photography and work. We will also share the work of master photographers, writers, and other artists for inspiration.

This workshop is designed for both expert and enthusiast photographers looking to unburden a creative block or find inspiration on how to start and develop a personal project. This class is built around the sense of urgency to create rather than technique, branding or marketing: if you are looking to find your voice this might be the perfect starting point for your quest. Whether you already have a project (idea or work), or you don’t, this workshop will help you get there.


Type

One-day workshop

You are currently at least at the level of shooting in Aperture or Shutter priority modes and can use the basic features on your camera confidently to create a correct exposure.


The ideal student is someone willing to step outside of their comfort zone and bounce ideas around, as imperfect and vulnerable as they may be. We might not give you all the answers you seek, but our goal is to help you find some right answers, to find seeds and plant them. It’s going to be up to you to nurture them once they sprout.

 

 

 
who should attend

You are currently at least at the level of shooting in Aperture or Shutter priority modes and can use the basic features on your camera confidently to create a correct exposure.


The ideal student is someone willing to step outside of their comfort zone and bounce ideas around, as imperfect and vulnerable as they may be. We might not give you all the answers you seek, but our goal is to help you find some right answers, to find seeds and plant them. It’s going to be up to you to nurture them once they sprout.

 

 

 

* Two printed photos from your portfolio or your project

* Bring a selection of all or some of the following (can be in print or soft copy)family photos, school photos, personal photos, diaries, scrap books, favorite books, written down quotes, and your personal project. 

* If you don’t have a personal project yet, bring at least an idea of what you think you would like to explore in photography: a couple of paragraphs on a piece of paper will be sufficient.

* Bring your computer with a charger 

What you should bring

* Two printed photos from your portfolio or your project

* Bring a selection of all or some of the following (can be in print or soft copy)family photos, school photos, personal photos, diaries, scrap books, favorite books, written down quotes, and your personal project. 

* If you don’t have a personal project yet, bring at least an idea of what you think you would like to explore in photography: a couple of paragraphs on a piece of paper will be sufficient.

* Bring your computer with a charger 

About the Instructors
Sara Lando

Sara Lando is an Italian photographer specialized in portrait, beauty and commercial photography…and playing with cardboard. Her work combines exquisite lighting, extreme creativity and experimental techniques, blurring the lines between photography and fine art. Whether she’s crafting her conceptual images into dioramas or creating memorable portraits using a simple backdrop and classic lighting, Sara’s strength is in photographing people. She shoots for major clients and teaches photography.

Tanya Habjouqa

Tanya Habjouqa (Jordan, 1975) is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in gender, social, and human rights issues in the Middle East. A member of NOOR, she approaches her subjects with sensitivity but also with an eye for the absurd. She is the author of Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015 (winning her a World Press Photo award in 2014). She mentors young grantees from across the Arab region for Magnum Foundation’s “Emerging Arab Photographer Documentary Fund” together with the Prince Claus Foundation and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. Tanya is one of the founding members of Rawiya, the first all female photo collective of the Middle East and she is currently based in East Jerusalem. 

Thursday, February 7
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Includes UAE VAT 5%

Regular Price: AED 1445

Early Bird Price: AED 1300.5

This session is limited to 16 students only.
Workshop Location
  • You can cancel and/or exchange your GPP Photo Week 2019 workshop until January 4, 2019. No refunds or exchanges after January 4, 2019.
  • If you cancel your workshop before January 4, 2019, you get back 70% of the workshop value.
  • If you want to exchange your workshop for a different one, it must be of the same or higher value, providing that you pay the difference for a more expensive workshop.