Learning from each other
I owe a lot to this group because without their encouragement, tuition, feedback and general positive attitude I wouldn’t have dared dream to think I could quit my day job and become a photographer full time.
As well as practical evenings where we’d test out our photography skills on willing models, we also took part in lots of energetic discussion and debate and had the chance to show off our latest work on the big projector screen.
This in itself was sometimes quite scary; seeing your work projected up onto a huge screen 2m wide, for all your peers to see and critique. We had a rule only to give constructive feedback so that we could learn from others and improve our craft. And this is where many ideas were made and found.
A street photographer’s view on the world is often very different to a landscape photographer, again different to a kids’ photographer. Everyone had something different to bring to the table and that’s what pushed me to try different things.