Final editing and presentation of the projects

The most important lesson of the St Petersburg workshop with Michael Ackerman is that photography can bring one to cross all the limits: personal and professional. Photography is also about failure, being uncomfortable, mistakes. Michael asked students to write about what they like and don’t like in their work and how they feel taking pictures and include the writing in the presentation. The result was incredibly emotional, brave and intimate. View the backstage image gallery: workshop michael ackerman saint petersburg

Editing current projects

“Photography is interesting when it is about being alive”…  The students of the Saint Petersburg Photo Workshop have very interesting ideas for the week long projects, but developing them is a challenge! Editing, first impressions, critique and advices from Michael.  Ackerman recommends to change the usual priority and forget about composition or lights: life comes before the arrangement! View the backstage image gallery: workshop saint petersburg michael ackerman

Portfolio review and editing

The second and third days of the Saint Petersburg Photo Workshop with Michael Ackerman have started with portfolio review. All the students have been invited to actively participate in discussion of all the projects and the atmosphere was truly emotional and intimate.  Michael has spent more then an hour on every portfolio and has invited the students to bring their work to next, more psychological level: “Nude” vs “naked”, “pretty” vs “beautiful”, “safe” vs “complex”. The main rule to follow here is “to go outside the rules”. View the backstage image gallery: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Saint Petersburg Workshop with Michael Ackerman has started today!

CROSSING BOUNDARIES, a 7-day full immersion workshop with Michael Ackerman has started yesterday at the FotoDepartament Gallery. The 6 hour lecture has been really intense and revealing both photographically and emotionally. Michael explained what stays behind his best known images showing how they were produced and discussed with participants the way to approach photography subject and communicate with a character in order to create a personal and striking portrait. We have faced an argument of a family album and one’s personal history being an essential part of artistic vision, the sense of belonging to a subject  and a true intimacy that photography can reveal.

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