This winter I signed up for a 10 session course (January – March 2015) on Photojournalism and Documentary Photography run by the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa (SPAO) and led by award-winning photographer David Barbour. I wished to better my skills in these genres and found that David Barbour’s sessions provided practical insights, ongoing history and theory of the published page, photographic assignments, and excellent photo critiquing opportunities for our small class. The course was held at a local photography store (Vistek) on Bank Street each Saturday from 2 – 5pm. Vistek was a great location for many of the photo assignments passed us on short notice and with tight deadlines – which added to the fun factor and at times tense moments as we sought out subjects and/or street landscapes. The concept of pre-visualizing an image became a key factor for success, albeit the execution proved to be a bit problematic at times due to an unwilling subject (or maybe my approach was off at times) or a lost opportunity due to shyness. This course made me increasingly self aware and led me to step out of my comfort zone as an enthusiast photographer – and ever more so during the awkward moments when my camera started locking up in the winter cold or still thawing when indoors.
Below are most of my photos taken throughout the course, save for the separately blogged Winterlude photo assignment that had an emphasis on colour as a visual connector and cohesive compositional element in a series. The night photos taken near the National Gallery are similar to the ones I’ve taken in the past as shown on page 2 of My Favourites Album on Flickr.
I highly recommend this intermediate-level course with David Barbour, his passion for photography is inspiring. I am very much looking forward to his upcoming workshop in Havana, Cuba.
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