This literal translation explains how photography, just like drawing, starts with observation and understanding the observed. The game light and shadow play to build our visual world, as well as the dynamic of their interaction with our emotional world, apply to both drawing and photography. The translation of the mind’s image to visual image separates the two art forms.
A photographer has to compress this process in the time between observation and button press catching the image. All influencing factors are assessed, manipulated, tested and adjusted in a fast moving, repetitious process, until the shutter is released.
In a deliberate studio setup, a photographer has much more control over the situation. By playing with light and manipulating shadows and reflections, he builds the image before capturing it.
Our digitized society dramatically improved possibilities for post shoot processing. A program like Photoshop offers not only a complete photographer’s ‘dark room’, but adds an array of tools unimaginable in the old world.
The workshop activities playfully introduce pupils to the basic principles of optics. Playing with shadows, projections, shapes and colors and by building optical tools, such as Camera Obscura, peepshow box and telescope, toddlers lay the groundwork for grasping more advanced concepts.
Whenever possible, newly acquired insights are translated to the reality of camera and software.
Extend and depth of the classes are proportioned to the assessed level of the group. A young group will spend most time building peepshow boxes and playing with shadows, whilst a more advanced group might build a studio or process images on a computer.