Hey again. I managed to find some time and work on pics from an AQA Photography training that had happened on the beginning of this month. In the nutshell we have been learning how to teach photography at GSCE level (so it’s official I am train to do now those photo lessons with my 16’s that I have been doing since September).
Funny to say, this training had sense (how many of you’ve been ever spending unproductive hours on some boring, useless, dull training, thinking that it’s just a waste of time and your company should better invest those couple hundred quit in some valuable stuff, for example beer for YOUR personal use or at least paintballing – you could get relaxed a bit and there isn’t many things better than shouting your boss in the ….). Anyway as I said it was very good, mostly because our lecturer really knew what he was talking about. No small talk, just pure info.
I could write a lot things about it but would wish to concentrate on one activity that we, trainees have made. We have to compare two photographic sources to produce our own photographs. The choices of photographers had been made beforehand so if was a bit tricky in some cases (or should I say odd) as they do not have much in common.
I have chosen David Goldblatt , South African photographer with an interest in political aspect of his work, and Tim Walker, a fashion photographer. What those two have in common? The link is not clear and it needed a bit of thinking to make it work. Both visually and contextually they are on opposite sides of the globe. So rather than looking for obvious connection I decided to state a topic and put a connection to references from that on. Goldblatt’s work is very strong in conveyance and its picturing ambient world. Walker loves his props, the bigger and more out of place the better. Those made me think about Britain, British, and how do I personally see them through the prism of my Polish being. Brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm and only 30 min to do the task. And not much prep to play with.
I thought what’s more British than a cup of tea? Does it unite people? Make them alike? Does it make them anonymous in everyday task? Few cup nicked from hotel bar, some chairs borrowed from tea room next to canal and of I go, smiling to strangers, asking for shoots .I have met this very interesting guy ( Chip?) in the the tea room and he was very kind to help me. Funny enough he was going with his band for a gig to Poland. World is so small, isn’t it? He also helped me to find those two lovely girls. Thank you all.
Those are two chosen from few I managed to take in such a short time. It was a pleasure and a challenge to work to the tight time limits. I think I would like to exceed it a bit more, this time adding some further planning and preparation. I am not sure through how Coventrians would react on that. Will they call an ambulance straight away when approached with some crockery and blind folders?
Anyway thanks for all that people who found the time and helped with shoots, especially Chop, very keen model indeed.