Workshop Wednesdays Vol. VIII

Workshop Wednesdays vol. VIII

They say a photograph speaks a thousand words… Well after three beautiful and diverse weddings photographed last week, we thought we’d pay homage to that statement and fill this volume with beautiful photographs to inspire creativity…. ENJOY! X

Tip 1

A quote from the latest Capture Magazine regarding the quest for creativity reads: “I think it’s important to stay curious and never be satisfied. There is still so much to learn”. Indeed.


Random Fact

Robert Cornelius, a Chemist and an enthusiastic photographer, was the first person ever to click a selfie in the year 1839. SOURCE

In The News

A swan is cleaned at a bird sanctuary after a tanker crashed into a jetty in the port of Rotterdam, spilling 200 tonnes of oil into the water.

Photograph: Alexander Schippers/EPA



Photo For Thought

The Burning Monk, Malcolm Browne, 1963

“In June 1963, most Americans couldn’t find Vietnam on a map. But there was no forgetting that war-torn Southeast Asian nation after Associated Press photographer Malcolm Browne captured the image of Thich Quang Duc immolating himself on a Saigon street. Browne had been given a heads-up that something was going to happen to protest the treatment of Buddhists by the regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem. Once there he watched as two monks doused the seated elderly man with gasoline. “I realized at that moment exactly what was happening, and began to take pictures a few seconds apart,” he wrote soon after. His Pulitzer Prize–­winning photo of the seemingly serene monk sitting lotus style as he is enveloped in flames became the first iconic image to emerge from a quagmire that would soon pull in America. Quang Duc’s act of martyrdom became a sign of the volatility of his nation, and President Kennedy later commented, “No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.” Browne’s photo forced people to question the U.S.’s association with Diem’s government, and soon resulted in the Administration’s decision not to interfere with a coup that November.” SOURCE

Iconic Photographers

Mario Testino

“Mario Testino OBE is widely regarded as one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of our times. His photographs have been published internationally in magazines such as VogueV Magazine and Vanity Fair. He has contributed to the success of leading fashion and beauty houses, creating emblematic images for brands from GucciBurberryVersace and Michael Korsto CHANEL, Estée Lauder and Dolce & Gabbana.

Alongside his 40-year practice as a photographer, Testino has realised a body of work as a creative director, guest editor, museum founderart collector/collaborator and entrepreneur. In 2007, at the request of his clients to provide full creative direction services, he formed MARIOTESTINO+ which today is a growing team of individuals who support Testino to realise the breadth of his creative output.” SOURCE

The following portraits have been created and captured by the enviable Mario Testino. One of my absolute heroes!


Your Opinion

(Above photo): Fulani youths take part in a male beauty contest
Sven Torfinn/Panos Pictures

16 September I was in Niger while the Cure Salée festival was taking place. Thousands of people come to celebrate the end of the rainy season. It is also an important meeting point. This photograph is of young Fulani men taking part in a ceremony to attract the attention of potential girlfriends and wives. If you look at this picture you might think it’s very traditional, not developed – but it is; it’s a bit like music festivals in Europe. These men do their dances, which are centuries old, but then they take out their mobile phones or jump on their scooters. SOURCE

What is your opinion on beauty? What makes a person beautiful? What makes a photograph beautiful?

Tip 2

Stay inspired and be persistent. “Persistence is really important. You need to keep pushing when things seem like they are going nowhere…” Ben Thomas 

This series of images (above and below) was created by Martin Stanza: I Found The Silence SOURCE
This beautiful series of photographs was brought to my attention by the wonderful latest edition of Capture Magazine. I can’t recommend this magazine highly enough!

“It’s about looking at the world and making unexpected connections” Erik Johansson

Our Story of the Week

Charlotte and Mal’s families have been friends forever. The couple fell in love over seven years ago and much to the delight of their families, they were married at the Uniting Church in Bulimba last Saturday with all of their nearest and dearest as witnesses. We felt very privileged to be invited to photograph this meaningful celebration and we can’t wait to share the photographs very soon! We also loved the “engagement session” that took place in April of this year at Byron Bay – where Mal proposed to Charlotte. Just beautiful! X

Tip 3

Other sources of inspiration
Creative Live

Thank you for getting this far! We hope it’s been a worthwhile read for you and we’ll look forward to checking in next week.

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Best Wishes, 
The Hannah Photography Team:
Hannah, Olivia, Nic (and Charlie the Cat)