Workshop Wednesdays Vol.41
Workshop Wednesdays vol. 41
It’s inspiring to see creativity flourish in isolation. When you are forced to look at the world differently and take a break from the rat race, it opens up a world of opportunity. In this workshop we take a look at some of the best projects that have begun due to the covid19 outbreak and how some people are putting a positive spin on their isolation experience. We sincerely hope everyone is still staying safe out there amongst all of the craziness. We are finding lots of fun projects as well while we stay at home and falling even more in love with photography every day.
Photo For Thought
“Photojournalists do more than just tell stories—they document unprecedented moments in history. They are at the forefront of world events and crises, documenting pivotal moments like the COVID-19 pandemic. As governments around the world enforce national and city-wide lockdowns, social and/or physical distancing, and stay-at-home orders to “flatten the curve” of this pandemic, photographers are taking extraordinary risks.
While many businesses have slowed down or stopped altogether, the news hasn’t. In past times of hardship such as wars and other catastrophic events, photojournalists recorded what was happening to keep the public informed. This includes Shutterstock Editorial Contributors, who are creating content on the coronavirus outbreak. With this in mind, we spoke with a few of these contributors on why they’re still working during COVID-19.*
*Editor’s Note: Shutterstock does not recommend that people go out and photograph the pandemic. Please follow the health advice of your local government. For ideas and inspiration on how to stay busy during the pandemic and practice social distancing, here are some tips on how to create imagery that represents disease outbreak.
During these unprecedented times, why are you choosing to still work?
Erik Pendzich is based in New York City, the epicenter of the Coronavirus in the U.S., and is constantly shooting content.
Erik: “From the moment I first picked up a camera over thirty years ago, I’ve always felt a strong urge to document the world around me. Photography has been with me every moment since then and a camera is always at my side.’
“Once again, my lifelong hometown of New York finds itself the unfortunate star of another tragedy. I feel the need to provide coverage of these times, not only because of their newsworthiness but as a document of my own life and experiences.”
In The News
The Best Of… Photo Projects!
We’ve done the hard work for you! Check out these amazing ideas for photo projects while you are spending more time at home with the family! And our personal suggestion ties in with our Story Of the Week… Why not start a project now – that you can continue yearly, or even in 5 -10 -20 years time? You’ll see what I mean by our Passage Of Time story below… First though, check these out:
Micha Bar Am
“If you’re too close to events, you lose perspective. It is not easy to be fair with the facts and keep your own convictions out of the picture. It is almost impossible to be both a participant in the events and their observer, witness, interpreter”
“Micha Bar-Am has been a Magnum Correspondent since 1968. He was born in Berlin in 1930 and moved with his family to Israel, then Palestine, in 1936.
Growing up in Haifa, Bar-Am lived on a kibbutz and began to document kibbutz life with borrowed cameras. Active in the pre-state underground, Bar-Am was drafted in 1948 when the Jewish-Arab conflict turned into all-out war. After his military service, he had several jobs before he began to photograph seriously, covering the 1956 Sinai War.
After the publication of his first book, Across Sinai, Bar-Am was asked to join the editorial staff of the Israeli Army magazine Bamachane, where he worked as a photographer and writer for the next eight years. In 1959 and 1960 he was awarded the Robert Capa Award. He began freelancing in 1966 and covered the Six-Day War in 1967.
In the mid-1960s, Bar-Am curated several exhibits and books with Cornell Capa, including Israel: The Reality. He assisted Capa with the establishment of the International Center for Photography in 1974 and became an active curator. From 1977 to 1993, he was the curator of photography at the Tel Aviv Museum. His reportages on Israel have been published in a large number of magazines and books.”
“Now, as then, Kids and Baby Animals are an Adorable Combination”
(Don’t we know it!!)
“Back in 1953, the Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo opened a new children’s section stocked with baby animals, and the kids enjoyed their hands-on experience, perhaps a little too much. Failing to differentiate between the live animals and their stuffed ones at home, the adoring children poked and prodded little llamas and kangaroos until the animals had had enough. LIFE’s story was titled “Zoo’s Babies Get Overdose of Love.”
“Some animals fought back,” the magazine stated. “A monkey grabbed a woman’s lipstick. A baboon hit a boy. A llama who had had his fill of popcorn discovered a way to say so, and a loud-mouthed mother stalked away, yelling, ‘That dirty brazen creature poked me in the rear!’”
The zoo quickly made modifications to the animals’ fencing so as to prevent another love-fueled fiasco. But in these pictures, you can see why the kids had a hard time keeping their distance.”
Story of the week
We received an email earlier this year from a wonderful family that we met back in 2013 requesting a special Passage of Time series of portraits. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity and selected some of their favourites from 7 years ago to recreate in this new decade. Sometimes we see families every year, or every second year… But what a spectacular change in 7 years for this family (for the children at least – mum and dad are doing very well for themselves I reckon!). Just wanted to share this with you as it is honestly one of the most amazing things about what we do and capturing history in the making! Thank you so much Kerry, Glenn, Jesse, Laina and Billie – we can’t wait to see what the next 7 year passage of time portrait looks like! X
Best Wishes From HP!
Thank you for getting this far! We hope you have a wonderful week ahead and that you hang in there a little bit longer… this will all be over before we know it and we may just miss the quiet time!
Hannah, Olivia, Angela, Nic and Charlie
*Cover photo captured in 2014 for a Bulimba Photo Competition… The ferry terminal has certainly changed A LOT in this short passage of time!