Photography is a medium not only to document reality but also to stage a reality that does not exist as seen on the picture. The picture may lie without revealing it but may also flirt with its obviousness. This staged "reality" may be exaturated, torn or twisted, more quiet or loud, artificial or supernatural. The idea behind a staged picture is, by inventing a certain scene, to find a less determined interpretation of the picture. By being extracted from reality, it speaks a more open language that any other form of photography. The place and/or person becomes an applicable role-model for the observer.
practice (5 days, 15 students max.)
4. Now the practical part begins. According to the ideas of the students, the main part focuses on solving individual subject related problems like how to build a setting, the use of light to create a certain atmosphere, the techniques of the camera like shutter-speed and depth of field, props and the direction of the models, costumes and make-up, facial-and body expression. In the course of this part we will find solutions how to connect all these elements to create a coherent image. Due to the limited time, we will work with digital technique. (18-21h)
5. The last day is dedicated for the presentation of the achieved results. The pictures will be printed and installed to show it in public. (6-7h)
The goal of this workshop is to introduce the students to the possibilities of staged photography by facing and solving immediate problems arising through this constellation. Furthermore, I want to emphasis on the experience of a professional team work with shared responsibilities within a joint production.