Lets start with a fact of life: Ive had my share of disappointing photography workshops and masterclasses. I guess I prepare for them way too well and they end up not meeting my expectations.
This is exactly why I decided to take on a different approach when it came to the workshop called “Expressionism”. I decided to apply Jay Maisel’s advice to “go (shooting) “empty”, free of preconceptions of what you’ll find and what kind of pictures you’ll take”. And you know what? It was exactly what I needed! We were a tiny group of 4 photography enthusiasts and our mentor was the lovely Anna Tarabrina (you can see her work here) who is a great photographer and has a wealth of knowledge about all things art.
Expressionism is an artistic style in which the artist attempts to depict not objective reality but rather the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse in him. He accomplishes his aim through distortion, exaggeration, primitivism, and fantasy and through the vivid, jarring, violent, or dynamic application of formal elements. In a broader sense Expressionism is one of the main currents of art in the later 19th and the 20th centuries, and its qualities of highly subjective, personal, spontaneous self-expression are typical of a wide range of modern artists and art movements.
I cannot claim that I ended up taking “expressionist” kind of portraits of our beautiful model Valeria, but it certainly was a very exciting experience. Although Anna kept saying that I go way too dark with my photos I find them a good reflection of the dark and gothic-like aesthetic I like. Maybe I should photograph gothic/vampire brides?