Olympus Venice Workshop Part I: People of Venice

Earlier this month I spent three days in Venice at an Olympus workshop run by Steve Gosling and Neil Buchan-Grant. The complementary skills of Steve, being mainly a landscape photographer, and Neil, being mainly a portrait and travel photographer, meant it was an ideal opportunity to learn three of my favourite genres of photography in one inclusive session from experts in their fields so it was really a no-brainer to attend.

This was my first trip to Venice and, I’m ashamed to say, Italy. What a fantastic place it is! I have never seen anything like Venice (yes I know Birmingham, my hometown, has more canals but somehow it doesn’t have quite the same je ne sais quoi). Venice literally has a photo opportunity around every corner as well as the beautiful weather.

The format of the workshop consisted of meeting up as a group (there were nine of us plus Neil, Steve and his wife Julie) taking some guidance from our mentors then going off and doing our own thing for a couple of hours before re-grouping to compare notes and moving on to the next location. Things were spiced up a bit by Neil hiring two models, Ira Lothiriel and Chiara Sgarbossa, allowing us to take some fashion shots around the various iconic locations of Venice.

Needless to say lots of images were made over the three days which I am still editing two weeks after the event and will continue to do so for a while to come I suspect. This post is made up of my people shots, the residents and visitors as well as those of the two models. Future posts will explore some of the cityscapes and the photographic tips I picked up from the workshop.

In Conversation I

In Conversation I

In Conversation II

In Conversation II

The Kiss I

The Kiss I

The Kiss II

The Kiss II

Take Our Photo

Take Our Photo

Woman Texting in a Backstreet

Woman Texting in a Backstreet

Relaxing Outside the Palazo Grassi

Relaxing Outside the Palazzo Grassi

In Conversation

An Impromptu Model

An Impromptu Model

Old an Walking His Dog

Old Man Walking His Dog

Girls Handing Out Leaflets

Girls Handing Out Leaflets

Girl Collecting Petitions

Girl Collecting Petitions

Venice Fishmonger

Venice Fishmonger

Ira Lothìriel

Ira Lothìriel

Ira Lothìriel

Ira Lothìriel

Ira Lothìriel

Ira Lothìriel

Chiara Sgarbossa

Chiara Sgarbossa

Chiara Sgarbossa

Chiara Sgarbossa

Chiara Sgarbossa

Chiara Sgarbossa

Neil has put his own post of the trip, The Hunter and the Fisherman – Venice 2014 on his blog. Finally here are our two mentors in action on the streets of Venice, Neil holding the reflector and Steve taking one of his rare photographs of “something that moves”.

Neil and Steve in Action

Neil and Steve in Action

Olympus run a range of these workshops and publicize them at Olympus Image Space. Some are free, some are paid like this one. Either way they are a great opportunity to meet other like minded photographers, try out some Olympus kit if you’re not already a convert but most importantly actually spend time taking photographs.

4 thoughts on “Olympus Venice Workshop Part I: People of Venice

  1. Great photos, Peter, you really captured the atmosphere. Now I’m looking forward to your “canals of Birmingham” series, complete with gondoliers!

    • Thanks David. You have a point about Birmingham canals; not so many gondoliers there. Hmmm, maybe there’s a business opportunity there? At 120 Euros a trip quite a profitable one too.

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