Foundry Photojournalism Workshop – Istanbul

It has been a year since attended the Foundry Photography Workshop in Istanbul. During the time we were to find a topic and use the week to photograph and tell a story.  Mornings and evenings we were out shooting and afternoons were classroom time.
One exception to the schedule was Peter Turnley showing up and describing his life journey through his photographs.  This is what challenged and affected me the most during the week.  His photographs were amazing, the people he encountered were amazing, and the relationships he has made over his 30 years of shooting. Through this he has had open access to leaders and ordinary people throughout the world.

“I am both humbled and hopeful when I think of the number of times all over the world, that I have seen people define themselves not by their possessions or wealth, but by grace, courage, and profound decency in their gestures and behavior.”

Peter Turnley, form his journal —

Photographs are to be shown and shared with others. That is what I heard — and I need to take that advice. I am so used to shooting for a project and then using a pick from the project with the remaining photographs hidden in their respective binders as Kodachrome slides or in a computer hard disc.

“Photography is about sharing a response with others —
the camera is only a tool”

Peter Turnley
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop – Istanbul (June 20-29, 2010)

Photographs need to be shared. I am speaking to my self (as well as you). My biggest challenge is sharing the images that I see. BUT, now is the greatest opportunity in history to share and express what we are seeing, the emotion we are feeling, or the reaction we meet as we are out making photographs.  Thousands of photographs in the form of transparencies and negatives sit in folders, or boxes and have never seen the light of day— I have never shared them.  I had an excuse due to the huge cost of printing or scanning photographs, but since digital and the web todays possibilities are endless.


Colorado Rocky Mountain View 1985

Above is a photograph that I have never shown, but really liked taken in 1985 with
a Pentax ME super 70-200 3.5-4.5 Vivatar lens on Kodak Ektachrome film

My challenge is that I find images and capture them, but unless it is for an assignment or graphic design/printing job they dont receive an audience. BUT I WANT TO CHANGE THAT.  I don’t want to just “Make” photographs which is ok, but I want to  “Give” something back.  It doesn’t matter with whom I share my photographs I make, but I must “Share them”.

Do you have a vision? Sharing that vision is now possible. We have been created and have vision/purpose instilled within us all (Have you found out what that is?).  I am going to work more toward sharing my vision of the world.

Recently I met Gemma & Andrew who are traveling through Turkey, and the Middle East.  I was struck by their willingness to learn and share what they (Gemma) were seeing. It was a delight to visit, and re visit their blog.

So like Gemma and Andrew, I want to share what I am seeing more.