I make an effort, at least once a year to attend one photography workshop or seminar, with the sole purpose of reigniting my creativity and energy for what I do; after what would have been a hectic summer of shooting back-to-back weddings. Plus since going full time self-employed back in July, I was kinda missing the human contact and chance to chat, chill and eat fancy canapés with a bunch of other photographers. With that in mind, I jumped on a plane and went to the beautiful city of Stockholm for a few days for the photography seminar extravaganza known as Way Up North.
The first of it’s kind, Way Up North was 2 days of openness, inspiration and creativity, from some of the most talented, creative and positive photographers in the world. I’m not quite sure what you call a group of photographers, but there were 500 of us, all amassed in the beautiful alleyways of Stockholm, soaking up the Swedish Meatballs and copious amounts of coffee.
You can google the line up if you wish, but Fur Juristi, Ed Peers, Nessa K, Samm Blake and Jonas freekin’ Peterson are to name a few of the speakers who opened my mind with their words and opened my heart with their images. There was no ego, no preaching, nothing practical that could be meticulously copied and applied to my own business. Which is how it should be.
I don’t goto to workshops to bring home pages of notes; I goto see things from perspectives I never considered, to see what I do and how I work with fresh pair of eyes.
And without going in to the depth of why, I can only say this about Way Up North: I came home from Sweden with clearest eyes since I first picked up a camera. And it that sense, it’s probably the best workshop I have had the pleasure of attending.
— Oh, here are a few snaps from the one evening and afternoon I had to explore Stockholm. Some were taken with Canon 6D + Canon 35mm f1.4. Others with the Sony RX100 MK4. Bet you can’t tell which. 🙂