40+ Years of Profession

TRUE STORYTELLING, Sicily, August 28 through September 3, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Back to Siracusa!

 

We ran our first workshop here in Siracusa with Andrea Pistolesi back in 2004.

 

Since then, we have come back very often, always attracted by the light, the magic atmosphere of the old town of Ortigia. In the last years, we have also started exploring the nearby towns, such as Noto, Modica, Ibla and Palazzolo Acreide, the Baroque towns, and the coast in front of Siracusa. In this amazing setting, Andrea Pistolesi will teach you how to put together a travel reportage. Not a boring sequence of photographs to show your friend back home, but a day by day story of your experience here, evaluating your work daily, together with your fellow students and Andrea.

 

Of all the changes and innovations in photography that we’ve gotten used to over recent years, the most prominent are certainly those that relate to travel photography.

 

Until a few years ago this was a field reserved for professional travellers, who worked on commission and were able to stay on location over an extended period of time. Those days are gone.

 

The Global world has become smaller and more homogeneous rendering the quest for the exotic futile and out of touch.

 

Digital photography can be created with cameras that leave little room for technical error. Furthermore the culture surrounding photography is now all about immediate sharing.

 

This is not our goal. People do still travel for other reasons: out of curiosity, to learn, to know themselves. So photography is no longer simply a source of postcards but a way of interpreting the world – and getting to know it – through images that we create.

 

The first order of business is understanding what place a photographic story has today: the style, content, ideas and definitions of simple and complex projects. And, rather importantly, travel planning, storyboard planning, methodologies for organization once you have arrived on location. To sum it up: true photographic work.

 

 It is the workflow, the important process in the life of a photographer, between taking an image and publication or archiving. And we will also dedicate time to methods of presentation and the distribution of images, currently something entrusted to the web.

We will look at creating and presenting a first portfolio, how to edit a photographic story whether it be for publication, a contest, an editor or for personal use.

These aren’t secrets but labor-intensive methods that require, above all, focus and drive: that is our objective.

 

This is the opportunity to look deep within ourselves, to understand how much of our life we want to dedicate to this passion, how to focus on a final goal.

 

AFTER ALL THIS IS THE ULTIMATE END OF PHOTOGRAPHY

 

During the workshop, we will keep base in Siracusa, and go from there on daily trips, always coming back in the evening. Mornings will be dedicated to group and individual critique.

 

 

All images are ©Andrea Pistolesi