In the spring I spent two stimulating weeks in the company of great photographers. Lorenzo Castore I met back in 2007 when he tutored me during a photo workshop in Tuscany. That week taught me a lot and it took me a couple of years to let the experience sink in.
I was happy to reconnect with him during a workshop in Catania (Sicily) during the religious festival of Sant'Agata. This is an extraordinary time to be in this city as tens of thousands of people pour into the streets to worship its patron saint. In this workshop Lorenzo invited me to focus on portraiture, more particularly on 'taking portraits as landscapes'. It was a very intense experience.
In March I joined Anders Petersen, a doyen of post-war European photography, in Venice. Anders's conception of photography is humanist. A camera is a tool to enter into meaningful relationships with people, to put oneself into situations where one is longing for. The challenge was to put this motto into practice in the context Venice's overphotographed, treacherous opulence.
Both workshops were very well organized by TPW.