San Francisco Creative Street Photography Workshop Announcement!

San Francisco has long been my home away from home.  I love the city, the people, the architecture, the ocean and, yes, I love the food.  Over the years I have done some of my best photography there.  San Francisco inspires me.

After years of teaching my two day Creative Street Photography Workshop in Vancouver, Toronto, Paris and Amsterdam I will finally be bringing it to San Francisco for the first time on February 15th and 16th.  For two full days we will explore life in the heart of this remarkable city.  We will walk the streets, meet the people, explore the light and capture the soul of this place that I love so much.

There are only 8 spots available for this course offering, so if you are interested, please head over to the registration page to read all of the course details:

SAN FRANCISCO CREATIVE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

I will leave you with some of my favourite street images taken over the years in San Francisco.  I hope to see you there in February!

Cheers,

Ian

Using Photography to Heal From PTSD

I am so damn excited to finally be able to share this with you:

Over the years I have written a lot about my journey with PTSD.  I have spoken about it on podcasts, on countless stages, in magazine articles and over coffee with friends who needed to talk.  Putting yourself out there and speaking from a place of vulnerability is never easy.  On the contrary, it can be terrifying at times.  But, there is magic in doing it because it helps people.  

At my core that is who I have always tried to be… a helper.  For so many years I did it with my hands, with IVs full of medication, with bandages and tourniquets and with defibrillators.  The tools of my trade have changed now of course, I traded in my stethoscope for a camera a long time ago, but I am still trying to help by telling my story to anyone who will listen.  

I tell it because I know it has helped other people who are struggling, much like I was helped by hearing about the experiences of others when I needed it the most.

Here is where the plot thickens…

A few months ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Muse Storytelling.  We spoke about this new project that my friends at Fujifilm Cameras were doing.  It was a  video based project that focused on the creative process, on why we make art and on what drives us to do what we do.  There would be no talk about camera settings, or which lens is better, or what accessories you should buy.  It was going to be a celebration of life, of people, of art and of storytelling.  It was amazing, and I knew right away that I had to be a part of it.

And now, finally, all of you who helped me on this journey can be a part of it too.  You are all amazing.  You saved me, and I will be eternally grateful.  

Please follow this link to view my video in the Create Forever series.  

https://fujifilm-x.com/en-us/create-forever-ian-macdonald/

I hope you like it.

Cheers,

Ian