This is your opportunity to slow down and engage in a unique environment that will allow you to photograph with greater understanding and sensitivity. The workshop will present a more thoughtful approach to travel photography by giving you the opportunity to explore the magical Greek village of Molyvos on the island of Lesbos with and without a camera and lens in front of you.
It will allow you to experience the engaging sights and sounds of a village populated with ancient ruins, churches, hammams, olive groves, a picturesque harbour and a welcoming ambience. The overall goal of the workshop is to develop a portfolio of travel images that reflects your unique interpretation of the colours, light and people of the village.
We discuss and explore photographic techniques and approaches that are best suited to your individual needs, avoiding the overly technical aspects of capturing and processing images. This is a workshop that will ask you to engage with the local community at a level at which you are most comfortable, to explore the scenic beauty, and to wander the streets and cobblestone pathways to lay claim to your individual reality.
After an initial round of introductions that involves each participant sharing ten of their favourite images with the group, we begin to explore various photographic genres on a day-by-day basis. We address portraiture, landscape, street photography and conceptual ideas both by diving into the village and its environs with a camera and by group discussions over the evening meal taken together – the Talking Table where the day's adventures, highlights and reactions are discussed. Each day we review the previous day's successes of each participant and provide supportive feedback.
Photographers of any level are welcome to participate, as the ultimate aim of the workshop is to develop your own individual portfolio. As Susan Sontag relates, "photographs will offer indisputable evidence that the trip was made, that the program was carried out, that fun was had."
Any camera or device that can capture light is welcome in this workshop including DSLRs, mirror-less cameras and recent model iPhones (iPhone 6 or later). Participants should also bring a laptop for any desired post-processing. A familiarity with either Lightroom or Photo Mechanic is helpful but not essential. The free trial period for Lightroom is 7 days and 30 days for Photo Mechanic.
Sunday 31 May 2020
Mon 1 June
Welcome, introductions and expectations
Overview of the week
An introduction to Molyvos and Lesbos
Capturing your first impressions of the village … a visual tour of Molyvos
Tue 2 June
Reviewing your initial impressions
Portraiture, the basics
A portraiture assignment in the village
Critique and review of the portrait assignment
Wed 3 June
Discussion of the key elements of landscape photography
Landscape assignment with an island adventure
Critique and review of the landscape assignment
Thu 4 June
Discussion of key elements of street photography
Street photography assignment in the island capital, Mytilene
Fri 5 June
Critique and review of the street photography assignment
Prepare final portfolio for evening presentation
After dinner: participants present their final portfolios to the group
Final discussion and feedback on the workshop
Sat 6 June
Suggested reading prior to the workshop: Susan Sontag, On Photography, and if you read nothing else, please read her initial essay, "In Plato's Cave", as we will discuss it.
Michael S. Honegger
Photography is a first love and second career for me. I spent my first career traveling the globe working on international development projects for the (US) Peace Corps and other international organizations. Having worked on long-term assignments abroad, I developed a keen eye for the cultures and peoples where I worked.
My second career as a photographer began with intensive studies of black and white and alternative photographic processes at the Maine Media College, where I received a Professional Certificate in 2004. I have also studied under a number of well-known contemporary photographers in the United States and in Europe. I am now a practicing photographer living in Nice, France and I have expanded my photographic repertoire to include fine art, documentary photography and alternative processes.
Web site: MichaelHoneggerPhotos.com
The Talking Table is a place on the beautiful port village of Molyvos on the Greek island of Lesbos where people learn, eat and talk together. Hosted by two ex-corporate South Africans, guests participating in various workshops are welcomed with warmth and generosity and given a safe environment for their creativity to flourish. Hearty long-table meals of mostly Greek food are served, while good conversation is always on the menu. A number of workshops are held in South Africa during the autumn.
The fee of €1 100 includes transfers to and from the ports*, breakfast and a long-table meal each day, course fee and art supplies. Accommodation and travel are excluded.
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* An hour and a quarter's drive each way. Only applicable on the arrival and departure days. If you stay longer there are taxis available.