London East to West by Martin Toft

Street Photography workshop: (Order out of Chaos)

Dates: 26-28 of October 2013

Small group size: max 10 participants To receive the detailed itinerary, please email us at info@journeyboutique.com or fill contact form form on your right.

Explore different approaches to street photography from classic to contemporary during a 3-day intensive workshop in London’s vibrant and diverse communities of the East end and the West end.

London has always been ‘The Capital of Cool’ and right now it is also one of the most dynamic and creative cities on the planet, leading the vanguard in music, visual arts, fashion, film and, these days, even food. London’s back in the spotlight and in this street workshop we will take you walking and photographing in some of the most ethnically and visually exciting neighborhoods.

Join us as we explore this amazing cosmopolitan city for a photographic adventure and a cultural experience of a lifetime.

Taxi Driver by Martin Toft

Taxi Driver by Martin Toft

Who is it for?

Anyone with a keen interest in photography who wants to become more confident as a street photographer and develop new skills as a visual storyteller. Although technical advice will be given on the best way to set up your camera for street shooting, the course will not focus on basic camera handling so you should have some prior knowledge on how to operate your camera.

Street Photography

Street photography is an unbroken tradition stretching back to the invention of photography itself. It revels in the poetic possibilities that an inquisitive mind and a camera can conjure out of everyday life. Most street photographers get their best shots in crowded and populated urban areas such as shopping malls, high streets, parks, markets, cafes/bars, museums, subways, train stations or seaside promenades. In their spontaneous and often subconscious reaction to the fecundity of public life, street photographers elevate the commonplace and familiar into something mythical and even heroic. They thrive on the unexpected, seeing the street as a theatre of endless possibilities, the cast list never fixed until the shutter is pressed.

Bar Italia by Martin Toft

Bar Italia by Martin Tof

Workshop Overview

It will be a very practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. Every day during the trip, participants shoot in pairs or on their own. In general there are no larger group shoots, so there are never too many people trying to take the same shots. Martin will shoot with a different person or pairing during each day, so there are ample opportunities to observe the way Martin work, approach his subjects, and to learn his tricks and techniques. This will also give Martin an opportunity to observe how each participant approach their subjects and he will give you hands-on guidance on how to advance your style, technique and set you specific tasks to bring you outside your comfort zone to make those pictures you always wanted to be able to do but never thought you had the courage to pursue. Special attention will be put on developing and practicing “social skills” – how to interact with local people. You will not only hunt for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson but also exploring more of a confrontational approach in the style of William Klein and get close to people, talk and photograph them. Throughout the day and in the evening at dinner everyone gets together to discuss and share photos.

Oxford Circus by Martin Toft

Oxford Circus by Martin Toft

 

 

Small group sizes means a high level of participant interaction with Martin so that everyone receives his full attention. Photographing together for a longer period of time means that participants get to know each other well, exchange experiences, share knowledge, good times and perhaps even form lasting connections. It will be a very memorable week that will change you not only as a photographer, but as a person too. Participants will be set assignments specifically designed to teach different strategies and approaches to capturing the unusual moments in everyday life. Your tutor, Martin Toft will convey in words and images his own unique way of working and encourage students to find their own visual vocabulary. Photographers who wish to join us must have their own camera and we recommend that you bring extra memory cards, batteries and a laptop for uploading, processing and editing pictures. In addition to a keen interest in photography, anyone signing up should bring a comfortable pair of shoes, as there will be a lot of walking and a good sense of humor will help you interact with the public and with skill make you capture those unguarded moments.

Day 1: The West-end; Oxford St, Mayfair, Hyde Park, Chelsea, Belgravia, Soho, Covent Garden & Leicester Sq.

Day 2: The East-end; Whitechapel, Aldgate, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Regent’s Canal & Islington.

Day 3: King’s Cross, Regent’s Park & Camden.

Soho by Martin Toft

Soho by Martin Toft

Price for workshop £480 per person includes:

  • Workshop tuition ( 3 days)  by Martin Toft
  • Return flights from Jersey to London, Departure: Jersey-Gatwick Sat 26th Oct 07:00 am and return  to Jersey  on Mon 28th Oct 20:40 pm.
  • Accommodation: 4 star Hotel in Central London on a shared twin basis room
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer Gatwick- hotel- Gatwick

*price guarantee does not apply to last minute bookings.

Price doesn’t include:

  • Extra meals ( lunches/ dinners)
  • Daily 2 zone travel card, approx £7.30 per day
  • Entry for photo– exhibition: £8
  • Single room supplement
  • Private travel insurance

Professional photographer and tutor, Martin Toft who has over 20 years of experience working freelance in documentary and editorial photography as well as teaching photography across all ages from A-level to higher education, lead the Street Photography Workshop. He has extensive local knowledge of the areas where you will shoot and on many previous occasions he has organized and led photography workshops in different locations. To view examples of his work go to www.martintoft.com

How do I sign up?

We prepare a detailed itinerary (day by day, hour by hour), send us your request info@journeyboutique.com

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