last night I sat across from Arno Minkkinen at dinner, and he’s giving a slide show and lecture on Wednesday.
classes this week will be intense; up at 7a or before to take pictures before breakfast at 8, and then class begins at 9a. then onsite through lunch, then offsite for the afternoon, and back for dinner and lectures, and then homework before trying to go to bed before midnight.
got to show my portfolio to the class today, and it felt good to have the instructor say, “what you’ve got is really good.” in reference to my work thusfar. this week however, I need to push myself in unfamiliar or uncomfortable directions; namely playing up close with narrow depths of field (which I’ve been branching into lately, being inspired by Liz’s developing eye), and the most fearful of all, people. if I don’t have a willing victim that I know, I find the idea of approaching random strangers intimidating. this week will be the time to push that envelope of comfort.
one of the interesting things about The Workshops is their philosophy, and in particular that of the founder, David Lyman, who speaks about the catalytic experience of being here with the same fervor and rhetoric that Larry Harvey might about Burning Man.
for now though, back to class..