Besides presenting at the Out of Chicago conference (see my previous article), I also attended Marie Laigneau’s street photography workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I thought I would share the pictures and talk about my experience.
Marie Laigneau is an awesome street photographer living in London. Her work is quite stunning and it was a pleasure to meet her and follow her workshop. Though I was only “tagging along” as a fellow presenter, I got quite a bit out of this workshop.
After presenting the basics of street photography and what to look for, Marie led us through the streets of Chicago. It was great to see her work, and she took people in a small groups to help them shoot. We shot in the loop and around the river, which provided different environments.
As a cityscape and architecture photographer, a street photography workshop was quite a challenge. But it’s always good to try new things. I got a glimpse of Marie’s perspective, and it was illuminating. She shoots on the go, without much preparation. She barely stops to take a shot and moves on. This way of shooting is completely new for me, because I spend most of my time shooting on a tripod. I realized that I was framing a scene and waiting for the right people, which some street photographers do. I was drawn to architectural backgrounds, shapes and patterns, which is not surprising.
All in all it was very enjoyable. I strongly recommend Marie Laigneau’s street photography workshop if you can attend one.
Here are the shots I kept from that day. I don’t think any of them is fantastic but there are a couple I kinda like. Let me know what you think!