A few weeks ago I packed my camera bag with an empty notebook and headed to a creative photography workshop at Kaapelitehdas held by Dasha Pears. I´m sure quite a lot of you know her work, but in case you don´t, here is a link to her page. I admire her fairytale-like, slightly surrealistic images and I´ve been very much interested in how she´s coming up with her ideas.
I like participating in workshops. I think that these are really cool opportunities to get a little glimpse of a certain field. If you like it, you´ll learn it further on, if not, then it was just a fun experience for you. Artistic photography has a special place in my heart, so learning a little bit more about it from Dasha sounded very exciting. 🙂 As a plus, during these occasions you get to meet great people, who are just as interested in that specific topic as you are.
After a short introduction, we got straight to the core question of conceptual photography: where does inspiration come from? Movies, books, memories, objects, you name it. While all of them can definitely “switch that light on”, to me it seems like all of these come from the same source: paying attention to details and closely observing around. It might sound silly to start thinking about it so deeply, but I guess sometimes it is a good thing. It´s part of the creative process.
The day went by very fast and we talked about lots of interesting things, including locations, negative space and gear. Then came the “bang”: shooting different scenes with three models. The girls were very pretty, super-nice and patient, even though some of their props must have been quite uncomfortable (e.g. the cake hat on Aleksandra´s head). So, cheers to you! 🙂
Besides the already built-up scenes, we had the chance to make our own set-ups and play around with props. I liked the vintage style clothes, they made a very interesting combination with the factory look of our location. The big challenge of the day was to catch as much natural light as possible. It is definitely not an easy task in the middle of February on a grey, snowy afternoon in Helsinki. But I think it all went fine and the images actually turned out to be maybe a bit more interesting this way.
I had a lot of fun during the weekend at the workshop and I learnt lots of good tricks about creative photography like chasing after symmetry…:). I must admit, that in the beginning I had no idea how much time and effort is invested in shoots like that!! I gained a new appreciation for those, who are creative and persistent enough to go for one perfect picture. To start off, I participated just for the joy of it, I just wanted to try something new. But I think I ended up gaining more than I hoped for. Based on this experience as well, I can just suggest you all to pick some workshop, go and try them! 🙂
Models: Lera Maynaya, Aleksandra Hellberg, Sofia Juntunen
MUAH: Jannica Stelander
Clothes: Julia Solonina St. Petersburg
Cupcakes: Marie Reeves Redih