What an incredible week we had in Florence. It started out bumpy with two students not making it to Italy to join us. We missed both of them all week but hope that we were able to make them proud with all that we accomplished. Here’s a sneak peek at what was created in the mind boggling city of Florence.
I promise, the idea of having a Finding Focus workshop in San Diego in February had nothing to do with escaping Montana’s winter. We chose San Diego because of its diversity and shear beauty. This year’s group of students took everything I through at them and put their unique spin on it.
I just got back from beautiful San Diego where I spent a week with a very talented group of students in the latest Finding Focus workshop. The catalog of their work will be on the blog in a few weeks but there were so many tremendous photographs made that I thought I’d post a few just to let have a sneak peek of what’s to come.
Some of my most frustrating high school moments were in English class.Not all classes, just the ones involving discussions about what I hated most: poetry.To me the poems and the discussions were pointless and so were the hours wasted on them.Sonnets, haiku, free verse; the style didn’t matter the outcomes were always the same.
Every now and then something comes along that is impossible to put into words. I feel that way about the Finding Focus workshops. Sure they have many of the components of mentoring and of workshops but there’s a shift that happens when you have 6 individuals so committed to moving forward that they’re willing to put their butts out there every day, twice a day, for a week while they unplug their head and shoot from their heart.
I get asked about Finding Focus workshops and what makes them special. I usually say: more time shooting, more critique and more time off all during a week devoted to personal growth and honing your vision.
Okay, so you’ve heard that from me before? How ’bout I show you instead.
It never ceases to amaze me that we can all be so different with our photography. I guess that’s why I created the Finding Focus series of workshops; to identify and reinforce each photographer’s unique vision.
I’m in beautiful Vancouver, BC with a group of talented students who have joined me for Finding Focus 2018. We’re two days in and I thought I’d share a couple of the images they’ve taken. I’m so proud of everyone here and I wanted you to have a sense as to why.
I’m really proud of the Finding Focus workshop series. It’s an experience like no other and although it’s about the growth of the photographers involved I find that I leave each experience having learned a lot about myself as well.