Saturday, 25 October 2014

Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII 2014

I was lucky enough to attend the 27th Eddie Adams Workshop in New York - October 2014.

It was truly a fantastic and inspiring event. I attended talks by many photographic giants, including James Nachtwey, Eugine Richards and John White, and many other industry people and photo editors.
The huge range of subjects I learned about was eye opening, I found Al Bello's talk one of the most interesting and it gave me a new interest  and respect for sports photography, something which I haven't tried before. I also particularly enjoyed Phil Toledano's talk, who I worked with closely during my assignment. His style of photographing is very different to mine but he gave me great new ideas to try to experiment with. The talk that reached out to me the most was Barbara Davidson's talk about her work to do with LA gang violence and its affects on the local citizens. It is very moving project and is of a similar style to my next piece of work to be carried out in Oldham.

The night time portfolio reviews were a massive boost to my development. I got to meet a range of editors and photographers who helped me identify areas in my photographic process I needed to improve. They also let me know what I am doing right and it was encouraging and constructive on so many levels.

The event was so fast and jam packed that there is just not the time for much sleeping. After a couple of days you start to feel fairly deranged.



Photos from my new friend Eman Mohammed

As part of the workshop all students are given an assignment for which they have a total of 10 hours to shoot. As a proud member of the Pink Team my assignment had the theme of 'Generations'. I was lucky enough to of been assigned to photograph Susan Brown, an international tax accountant who is living in the local area and working out of her parents disused dairy farm. Susan was very accepting of the project and allowed me free range to photograph what I needed. She was kind enough to show me around her area, take me into her home and bring me to a local community dinner and I am very grateful to her and her friends/ families help with this project. It was seriously good fun.

Our team leaders - Colin Crawford, Melanie McLean, Phil Toledano and Mark D. Faram where hugely supportive and happy to help with our projects but also did not hold back on letting us know what we were doing wrong, which was very helpful. I learnt so much about my work and process and this was facilitated by working closely with these people.

We were challenged to fail with our assignments, and fail I did. They wanted us to try a new way of shooting our projects and to really try stretch how we approach a story. Without telling her I tried to portray Susan without ever showing her face. This was an experiment as usually I am all about faces in my people shots. It forced me to look elsewhere in my pictures and style to tell the story of Susan and her personality. I did this by looking for close up details, looking at her body language, showing her surroundings, her politics, her occupation and her general activities. I also wanted to show the people in her life and their reactions to her.

This is my final long edit. My editor Colin Crawford from the LA times along with the other faculty members spent time editing my photos themselves and that edit along with the other work created by my wonderful team can be seen here - http://vimeo.com/109183786 - it's interesting for me to compare the two.
























Recommended to anyone who wants to work in this industry - http://www.eddieadamsworkshop.com/ for more info.

New Website - www.davidjshaw.com

I haven't used this blog in a while and thats due to me building a proper website/ portfolio and its here you can see all my recent work and publications. I will still be using this blog but for more personal stuff.

Cheers




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