Week 8 - Workshop


Looking at this week’s forum posts and readings I feel that neither I nor my project are at a stage where I can put on a workshop.

I have thought about a couple of workshop ideas that I could do in the future. I could look at holding workshops on in-water or surf photography. These could help me see my work in new ways or look at new methodologies of working, as well as teaching others a new skill. Or perhaps workshops on balancing office work life with getting outdoors, and going or trying out surfing as a way to de-stress and recharge – particularly how to do this when the sea isn’t geographically that close to the area I live and work in. This could help me to see other points of views on this subject matter, and could inform new work and ways of capturing the emotions relating to getting away from the urban environment. However I do feel that I am not quite ready to run a workshop on either yet. I feel I need some more personal experience and for my photographic practice to be at a higher level before I’m ready to try and teach anything to anyone else.

I’ve been experimenting with using photos taken on a GoPro to include in my project, in order to include some in-water photos in my project. Partly as a way to be able to show some of what it is like to be in the water, and from the surfers perspective. But also because GoPros have become a fairly ubiquitous piece of equipment for surfers (as well as other action/extreme sports practitioners). It feels appropriate to include images taken on a GoPro in a photo project about surfing. I think it also provides a commentary on the way photography/GoPro photography have become such an integral part of surfing. It’s used by both professional photographers and non-photographers who use GoPros to be able to take photos and video of themselves surfing to share on social media and to look back on later to analyse and improve on technique. I have so far been taking these images by holding the GoPro mounted to a stick with a trigger release. However, recently another student suggested I could also include GoPro-taken pictures of myself. I had been hesitant to do this before as I wanted the project to not be autobiographical. But as the project has developed into looking at inland based surfers, and the ways in which they continue to surf as a way to escape desk-bound urban life, it has become somewhat an autobiographical subject. So when in Devon this weekend I fixed the camera to my board, facing me, and set it to time-lapse mode so it would capture a photo every 0.5 seconds. This aspect has given an additional perspective of being in the water and the extreme difference to being in an office. Including images of me, such as the one below, addresses the autobiographical nature of the subject.