Last year I participated in the Leica Street Smart WorkShop in Istanbul. This year a whole new thing occurred. A new workshop and a new place. Let me present you: Leica Street Smart WorkShop Los Angeles, the city of angels, California, USA. This time the host, Bresson AS, who is the sole distributor of Leica cameras, lenses and binoculars in Norway, has done something absolutely outstanding.
Quick words about the Leica Street Smart WorkShop Los Angeles: Each workshop is becoming more and more challenging and especially this one. It is quite a journey to get to Los Angeles from Norway. Several hours on plane, and other transportation becomes a time challenge due to the struggle with jet lag. It takes about three days to shake of the jet lag and getting into normal LA draft. When that is said, and when the LA draft has begun, there is only one thing that matters. Workshop mode. Hard work 24/7, concrete walking, traffic driving, buss driving, taxi driving, photo sessions, edit sessions, and of course have a whole amount of fun during the period.
During our stay in Hollywood we had the chance to to meet The King of color, Mr. Steve McCurry. He took us on a fantastic journey with a lecture, walk and shot, photographic moments, and personal follow-ups on all the participants personal projects. And during our stay at the Venice HQ we were lucky to get a full day of lecture, live photo shoot with Norwegian model pop superstar Aleksander With and personal feedback on our personal projects by the fantastic fame of the famous Mr Greg Gorman. I must say listing to Mr. Gorman is amazing, he is full of energy during his lectures he is also sincere honest and thoroughly during his feedback session to all the participants, which I think is a very important capacity.
The Leica Street Smart Workshop was hosted by two of Norway’s most inspiring photographers, the rock and roll team of two, Prince of Darkness Bjørn Opsahl and the Mysterious Myth Andreas Smaaland.
Bjørn is the rock and roll character with sincere passion for street, architecture and portraits of amazing people. Bjørn is ongoing with his project as a backstage lead photographer at the Tv show Skavlan, and is preparing a book release hopefully in the year 2014. He is not known to be a master chef, but a photographic legend worldwide. In addition to this he has many other projects in the air.
Andreas is what we call the new breed, Andreas is the fast moving mystery man, his eye for details, light, objects, people or situations is impeccable. He is a shooting street machine, often with no plan Andreas moves around with just extra battery in the one pocket and extra memory cards in the other. Often observed with heavy duty cargo pant for maximum comfort and durability as he often ends up on the ground when he shoots his amazing pictures.
Far too soon the adventure ends. But the big question is: Will Bresson host another workshop like this? If YES, in which country? If NO, I will cry myself to sleep. Stay tuned for part two: Darkstreet Boys – Post War characters.