….continuing on my Squam journey I happened to take another class in photography with the amazing Andrea Jenkins in her Takin’ It To The Streets workshop.
It was tons of cool fun….and I was coming off of my prior day class on Color with Xanthe B so it was a chance to incorporate what I learned about color and perspective and expand it to take on Andrea’s take on photography.
She taught a lot on the vantage point of you as the photographer and of the camera; how to see in new ways….how to not care about what your camera is looking at if you’re not looking and how to find your topic of interest on the streets. “What was I collecting?” she asked. Was it images of numbers…images of signs….images of doors? I was focusing on doors and numbers since I had already noted many in my prior day of photography, but to be honest other items such as signs….and water drains came into play…as I was already collecting images of them….your eye just naturally keeps picking the other items of interest up too. It’s hard to only pick one or two items to track on the streets during a photography walk. LOL. So why not just get them all. You may never pass that way again. But in the meantime, I took a lot of pictures of things I normally wouldn’t bother to capture. They were suddenly vibrant. Suddenly speaking. Like silent stones that finally speak….the streets…the walls….the cement….called and said….’what say you?’ I replied, ‘I see you.’ Click.
I also took a lot of open pictures of people normally being shy of doing so unless at a distance due to sensitivity of capturing people on film. Not everyone wants to have their picture taken, but if you ask you can get some great shots. During the exchange you can meet some great people and learn a lot more about the city your visiting. If you’re bold enough…you can capture people having wonderful moments without asking and simply enjoy the scene of people in the park….people chatting…or even just minding their own lives as they pass you by.
The class was awesome and there are tons of images that I took showing new perspectives for me or interesting pics of me posing (which I don’t often get). Here are the highlights to follow. I hope you enjoy. More to come on Squam? Most Def. Until next time……Travel Spritely.