The Workshop, September 18-21, 2015. Berlin

The Workshop, September 18-21, 2015. Berlin

The Workshop, September 2015.

The Workshop, September 2015.


New Street Agenda: The Workshop.

Berlin, September 18 (12.00) – 21 (14.00), 2015.

Content:

The WorkShop consists of two modules: The PreShop and the actual WorkShop in Berlin.

A third module can be added but it is not included: The PostShop. The PostShop is not described in this post. It is largely about editing a flow of images for a book.

What you will see here is a draft agenda but very close to what will be going on. This means two things: a) minor changes can be made, and b) the detailed agenda included meetings points the concrete whereabouts will not be made public. It will be sent directly to each participant.

Participant’s names, and other personal data will not be made public unless the participants chooses to do so.

From The Toolbox:

Reading the agenda below, you will find there are much time for shooting when in Berlin. Except for lunch and dinner it is the idea to spend all the time on and around street photography. We will pass some of the famous, historical sited in Berlin.

Here are some of the themes we will practise: Figure/Ground; Gestalt Factors; Itching Images;Small Coin Photography; Inspirationals; Pearl On Forehead, Basic Forms; Counterpoints; Repetitive Patterns; and more.

You can get an impression of these and other tools by visiting Street Photographer’s Toolbox (2011)On The Go. The Workbook for New Street Agenda (2013) or even Barebones Communication (2007).

There are lots of information on the three sites mentioned. Don’t let that scare you off. We will pick the mort important material and train that.

Each day before you go shooting you will be given a written task for the training that particular day. These task can vary individually.

The PreShop:

The reason for having a PreShop period is not to spend time on preparations when in Berlin. Preparations will be made beforehand. During the PreShop period, that lasts from the first week of August till the beginning of September, you are given three tasks to complete. You will work on these at your own speed and will be coached along the way. You need to compete them before Berlin.

Map the Gap
You will submit 10 images from your present work as a street photographer. The portfolio will be analysed and results discussed when in Berlin. We will use a SWOT analysis suggesting strength, possible weaknesses and opportunities.This is what we call Map the Gap.  

Learn Gestalt Factors

You will be asked to complete a case of identifying Gestalt Factors. A template will be sent to you and you need to complete it. You are encouraged to present the results when i Berlin.

Write A Gist Mission
You are asked to formulate a Gist Mission, that will be your creative guideline for your shooting in Berlin and a period after Berlin. A Gist Mission is a short description of the basic idea you want your street photography to express. One or two sentences only.

The PreShop period is also there to give you the opportunity to get to know the other participants and their work before you meet in Berlin. In August 2015 there will be set up a private community that will carry the communication for the PreShop.

The Berlin Agenda (September 18-21, 2015)

A detailed agenda will be sent to the participants and will not to be published here. This is the overall timetable and content that we, roughly, will stick to.

September 18, 2015

12. 00
Meeting at a selected address in Berlin.

12.30
Bus to one of the major museums in Berlin where we will have lunch. During lunch we will sum up and discuss Map the GapGestalt Factor Learning and Gist Mission. This is done in plenum and all are expected to participate. This session will be continued during breaks up over the next days.

14.00
The rest of the day before dinner we will spend in the museum and train visual basics by visiting the galleries and shooting in the galleries.

19.00
Dinner where discussions will take place and feedbacks given on the days shooting.

21.00
Option for night shooting for those who want to use the late hours. On your own.

September 19, 2015

10.00
Meeting at selected address in Berlin. Transport to Berlin Mitte.

Shooting in the area while walking and talking around famous sites in Berlin. Specific tasks will be given for the day.  Themes from The Toolbox suggested above. These can vary individually.

13.00
Lunch at selected restaurant in Berlin Mitte.

14.00
Shooting continued.

17.00
Return to hotel

19.00
Meeting for dinner where discussions will take place and feedbacks given on the days shooting. All are expected to participate in this.

21.00
Option for night shooting for those who want to stay up late. On your own. Decided when we are there.

September 20, 2015

10.00
Meeting at selected address in Berlin. Transport to Berlin Mitte.

Shooting in the area while walking and talking around famous sites in Berlin. Specific tasks will be given for the day.  Themes from The Toolbox as suggested above. These can vary individually.

13.00
Lunch at selected restaurant in Berlin Mitte.

14.00
Shooting continued.

17.00
Return to hotel

19.00
Meeting for dinner where discussions will take place and feedbacks given on the day’s shooting. All are expected to participate in this.

21.00
Option for night shooting for those who want to stay up late. On your own.

September 21, 2015

10.00
Meeting at selected address in Berlin. We are staying in the area where we have our hotels. This area are suggested to be Charlottenburg in the old West Berlin. Free shooting.

13.00
Lunch at selected restaurant in Berlin Mitte.  Formal ending of The WorkShop thereafter.

14.00 – 16.00
Free shooting continued for those who want to. People will start to head for home.

Communication Platform:

A dedicated and private community will be established on G+ for the ongoing communication between participants. G+ have been chosen because off the flexibility compared to other social platforms. You need to have or to get a free G+ account to access it.

The community will be established August 1, 2015, at the latest, and will hold most of the dialog during the PreShop period. There will be dedicated categories/folders for each participant so everything is easy to sort and find when needed.

The individual categories (folders) will be made for a) Gist Mission; b) Map The Gap (10 images portfolio); and c) Gestalt Factor Learning.

There will also be categories to hold Questions & Answers, Open Discussion, details planning and final agenda.

Takeaway from The Workshop:

New Street Agenda is a new and different way of looking at photography and street photography. It is based on inspirations from master street photographers,  art in general, science, visual communication, advertising, phenomenology, and more.

Overall you will go away from this workshop with different view on your photography, how to read and how to make or take great(er) photographs in the future.

On a practical level you will learn about and train toolbox techniques for making Itching Images.

Be prepared that this workshop will introduce you to a mindset and techniques that can be used for other areas as well. Visual communication does not only apply to street photography; inspirationals not only for street photographs; attention to details not only for photography; gist statements, etcetera. These things are universal and can be applied to a multitude of areas. Even your life.

Practical Information:

Here are some practical information.

Be prepared for plenty of outdoor activity during the days in Berlin. Good shoes are the most important to consider. The weather is normally good in Berlin. September is a great month for a workshop.

You need a digital camera and it would be great if you also brought a tablet to display your images. A small computer would also do the trick. It is up to you.

Be prepared that Berlin, compared to other major European cities, is rather inexpensive. People are extremely polite and helpful and everything, basically, works. One third of the city are green areas with a lot of free space all over.

Please do not start booking hotels and travel till you get a final go.

This agenda substitutes other preliminary agendas, which will be removed from sites. You are encouraged to follow On Street Photography (this site) to pick up new themes and discussions.

Fees and Conditions:

The fee for The Workshop is Euro 900.00 if you are a first time participant. The price is Euro 700.00 if you are a regular participant, meaning that you have participated in one of the former workshops of street summits in 2013, 2014 or 2015.

If you apply in August the fee will be Euro 1,000 and in September 1,100. The reason for this is that at that time the PreShop will already be in progress.

The are no fee change for regulars.

Since the PreShop starts already in mid August 2015 you are asked to make the full payment August 1, 2015, at the latest.

Should you have to cancel, please read this: If you cancel before August 1 you will have a full return of the fee. Minus the bank cost for refunding. If you cancel your after August 1, 2015, you will get a 50 percent return. If you cancel after September 1. 2015, you can have no return since the PreShop at that time will be in progress and all arrangements for Berlin will have been made.

Remember that prices above are workshop fees only.  Travel, stay and other costs related to The Workshop is not included in this fee. You have to arrange for this on your own. Home base in Berlin will be in the old West Berlin around Kurfürstendamm. You will make it easy on yourself if you live in that area but it is not a must.

Those having the intention to participate in the workshop will get an bank account number for fee payment. In a private message.

The Workshop has a limited number of participants from 4 to 6 people only.

Next Step:

Those who have already shown an interest in The Workshop will get a link to this posts directly as well as, in time, a detailed update on where to meet, etcetera. They will also, at a later date, be invited to the private G+ community mentioned above.

Others with an interest in The Workshop, please write directly to knut@skjaerven.com or use the contact box below. Please ask any, relevant, question at any time.

Good luck.

© Knut Skjærven
March 20, 2015

The next open workshops will be held in 2016.

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Knut Skjærven

Knut Skjærven is a Norwegian photographer, writer and researcher working out of Copenhagen, Denmark.