Here is the full text for the first task in Street Photograph's Toolbox that was launched two days ago.
Please visit the blog for further information. Here: http://streetphotographerstoolbox.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/coach-session-come-fly-with-me-the-vision-01/
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Good luck with it. Have a good weekend :-).
COME FLY WITH ME / The Vision/
Coach Session 01, 2012
Once again welcome to Elisabeth and Stepanie.
I hope it is ok that I use your first names since we virtually will see quite a lot of each other in the weeks to come. Not all the time, but some of the time.
As I have suggested several times this toolbox, and the coach process in particular, is not only about taking pictures. We will also dwell upon things like creativity and project handling. So consider yourself being part of a project. Your very own photographic project. You are just about to start it.
The first thing I kindly would ask you to do is to define your project. One way to do that is two develop and write down your vision of it. You may not know that you have such a vision, but you have. Being here as is already a partly execution of such a vision.
I will ask you to do this vision more precise and write it down. Literally on a piece of paper or, better, on this site. Here is the questions you are asked to answer:
What is your vision for your street photography for the next two years?
Having a vision saves you a lot of time, makes it possible for you to focus on your project, and indicates what sources you need to consult to get there. If you have a vision it is also much easier for you to review your images. Are they good executions of your visions are do they fall outside the focus area?
When you state your vision you state your dream. You overcome your first fears of flying. Like the young lady in the photograph above. Her vision was to make a good and interesting figure of herself flying in open air. See, even she had a vision. And she fulfilled it. Lucky I was there to record it.
Here is an maybe a more relevant and specific example of a vision. It is just an example and you have to take/make your own vision.
For the next two years I shall take street photographs from Paris in a style that reminds everybody of pictures shot by Henri Cartier-Bresson. (Example only).
Call your answer: My Vision.
When you have written down your own vision I will ask you to point to (pointing to is a way of defining) one or two mentors for your project. Related to the vision above it would be natural to pick HCB as a mentor, but you have to find one or two mentors that you will use for the execution of your own vision.
Call your answer: My Mentor(s)
From the mentor’s portfolios of photographs, you will point to three to five images totally that are your absolute favourites. Of which you may want to say, hey, that is the type of picture I want to shoot.
Call your answer: My Favourites.
That is it for the first session. You don’t even have to pick up your camera. Just go right ahead with it. Deadline two weeks from today, or whenever you are ready.
When you are ready, and remember all shooting later will be executions of your project vision, you will post the solution as comments to this post. Use the comment box below when you do. Please gather all the information in one comment: My Vision; My mentor(s), My Favourites and the links for mentor’s website and to favourite photographs.
NB: This post will eventually disappear from the stream of blog posts. Look at the tags and the categories I have used to find it again later. You will be able to recover all posts by activating the relevant tags in the tag cloud, which you find in the blogroll.
Also, I have made a special page as a subpage to Street Academy where I will link all the posts in this coach event.
Good luck with it.
Copenhagen, August 30, 2012. All rights reserved.