The workshop aimed at stimulating the participants to reflect upon the journey, primarily defined as movement, through photography. The journey is a movement that can be between two places or between two ways of living. It can be physical and/or mental. It inevitably gives birth to a change, while obliging the passenger to renegotiate old and new meanings. The duration and the destination of the journey are personal and very subjective. The journey, intended as a metaphor for living a life, was differently interpreted by each participant. As Marcel Proust said once, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
The camera became, during the workshop, a travel companion for the participants. I insisted quite a lot on highlighting the importance of carrying the camera everywhere, as it was a new element in their way of experiencing their routine and the unusual facts which make up their lives.
The workshop was held in VIBO’s recreational room. The location was new to all of the participants but its proximity to the residence of the participants was positively received. For 8 weeks there was a weekly meeting on Wednesdays from 17.00 until 19.00-20.00. During this timeframe, there were various activities: we analysed pictures by professional and amateur photographers who use analogue and black and white film, we became familiar with the camera, we developed the films and together commented on the results. All these activities were performed in the most interactive possible way, leaving the participants free to express their opinions and ideas.
The participants were between 17 and 19 years old, and were selected by Clifford Philips, who through working at Buret knows almost all the young people in the Holmbladsgade area.
Two of the participants had already taken part in a previous workshop, and when Clifford asked them if they would like to be part of this one, they very enthusiastically accepted.
It was very interesting to notice how the method of shooting pictures and how the attention to detail had changed in the participants who had previously been part of a workshop, how already being familiar with the camera gave them confidence, and consequently helped them to freely develop their project. By comparing the old pictures, from 2015, and the ones from this workshop, it was interesting to notice the evolution of their vision.