The Cowra workshops were a lot of fun with participants Rick Waterworth and Jayme Langfield.
Jayme was enthusiastic about the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 with Leica 25-400mm zoom lens f2.8-f4. With the downloadable app that could control all aspects of he camera as well as the zoom, it made it much easier for him to manipulate. Like Rick, he also ended up buying a new camera because of the workshop! So great to see people inspired to continue creating.
Next stop was Orange, where I met some colourful characters and had a chance to take a look at some of the local culture, food and landscapes.
The participants in this workshop were Chris, Bettina, Prue, Glenn and Rocky. Here i'm going to discuss Chris' experience in particular, as I think it illustrates how beneficial the social aspect of the workshops can be for some participants.
Chris found the camera work difficult, but really enjoyed the creation of his own image in photoshop. He was especially enthusiastic about posing for the photograph and he went to the trouble of going to a local costume hire store to find a superman cape. Chris really liked talking to the others in the workshop and the others encouraged Chris to talk about his life and himself. To our delight we discovered that deep down Chris was actually quite a philosopher and a deep thinker. “It’s the fear that you are not empowered to speak up but that is exactly what changes people’s attitudes and perspectives. My playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing good about shrinking. I ask myself who am I. Who am I not to be as I am,” he said.
As the workshop went on Chris became more positive in his attitude about everything, was chatty and sociable with the whole group. The group in turn offered to meet up with him on a regular basis, just to catch up. These social connections made during the workshops can really be just as important as the skills learned for people who may not often get to socialise (especially with others who have had similar experiences).