In the weekend of 10 November 2017, I took the ICE from Amsterdam to Berlin to attend the ‘Conquer your fear workshop by Eric Kim’. If you do not know Eric Kim and you shoot Street Photography, you should read his blog. From the first day, Eric welcomed me with such energy and personal interest that from the first moment I arrived I knew it had to be an excellent workshop.
Right from the start, we all teamed up with a buddy. Tobias Riedl was mine for the two days. We were practising on each other before going into the wild. We only had two assignments.
- Ask people to photograph them and get ten no’s.
- Stand in front of a person and start photographing the person until he or she notices you when they do make contact and show them the pictures.
We went to Alexanderplatz in Berlin. We agreed that we would take turns photographing a person. For me, approaching stranger was quite comfortable, and I helped Tobias a lot by pushing him to shoot particular people. While I photographed the people thatI was attracted too.
He did great!
It was raining, wet and grey. As a result people wore thick goats, so it was dark. But people were happy because the winter season was about to start, Christmas is coming.
I photographed this lovely lady that was searching for her way in the rain while it was raining.
And this beautiful lady that was feeling special that I wanted to photograph her.
Also mother and daughter in a hurry. Just these moments happen in front of you. And when you make a picture and you arrive home and see what you just created then it astonishes you.
In the afternoon we walked around with Eric goofing around, Learning from each other. Reading the streets and seeing where and how you could use the surroundings to your advantage to create beautiful images.
This shy girl had the same assignment as us. While she had to photograph people for her fashion school assignment I asked her if i could make her portrait. At first she did not want to but in the end she was persuaded by her friend.
Some photographed I even made in colour something I rarely do. But this one was more beautiful in colour then black and white, In a different post, I go deeper into the difference between the two and how you could use it.
Ending the evening with a lovely dinner, and some good chats with Cindy, Annette and Eric.
When the second day started, I arrived at the Tinman coffee bar. Where Eric would walk with the second group to the Flohmarkt im Mauerpark the Mauerpark flea market While the other group would go out and shoot by themselves. And after a renewed introduction and a new assignment we walked.
We walked, Talking about the purpose of photography and why we would document the streets. And photograph along the way.
Almost at the Flea market, we met Kimia Rahgozar, an Iranian photographer that wanted to photograph us.
And while she photographed us we photographed her.
The flea market
To end our afternoon at the bonanza coffee bar where they make this incredible café doppio. While we had a good talk about photography, cinema and life in general.
Finally, in the evening, we ate a great dinner with the last people to stay.
Thank you, Annette, Fred, Michel, Tor, Gustavo, Frank, Harald, Marcus, Jan, Barry and Tobias for the great Weekend! And maybe we will see each other again photographing on the streets.
And thank you, Eric and Cindy, for the inspirational and philosophical talks and the great weekend! I will always remember Berlin. I hope to see you in Amsterdam.
Want to see some more images? One of the participants Marcus Puschmann published a blog post about the workshop at his blog the streets of Nuremberg