Going Beyond The Lens

June would normally be the start of my workshop season, a wonderful four or five month period that I spend each year making images with students from around the world.  This year will be different of course, the world has far more important things to spend time on right now than photo workshops, so I will just be running one small course in Vancouver this summer for students here in Canada.

Spending time with my workshop participants is a privilege that goes far beyond just taking photographs, something that I was reminded of today when I found a few student images on my iPad from years gone by.  I am inspired by the work that my students create and by the conversations that we have, so I’d like to share these images with you now.  To my students whose work is featured here:  I apologize for not listing your name by the image… I am just working quickly from my iPad and don’t have the course rosters with me (please feel free to provide a link to your website or social media accounts in the comments).  

And, for those who are struggling right now:  struggling with illness, struggling with racial injustice, struggling financially due to the COVID-19 lockdown, just… struggling… please keep your heads held high and remember this quote from Dr. King:

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”

Stay safe and focused right now everybody.  Be kind to each other, and to yourselves.  And, continue to make photos.  Lots and lots of photos.  🙂



5 thoughts on “Going Beyond The Lens

  1. Mike Waller says:

    Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration for all of us who love being on the street with our cameras and for sharing our images. Stay safe. Still waiting to be able to cross the border to see our Canadian family.


    • Ian says:

      That’s very kind of you to say Mike, I hope we get back to a place soon where you can get back up here.



  2. Katherine Orloff says:

    As one of those who had looked forward to the June workshop (I registered and booked my travel last October), I continue to get inspiration from your pictures and hope those of us on the wrong side of the border get to come north soon and try again.

    • Ian says:

      We will definitely connect one day Katherine. Online soon for sure, but in person as well. I look forward to it.



  3. anangelsshareblog says:

    Such wonderful words and images, Ian. Thank you, as always, for sharing. I do long to return to Vancouver and photograph again. I hope you and your family are well and healthy, friend. We’re all in this together. Best, Terry

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