May 22 - 26, 2020: Passionate Street & Urban Workshop: Boston Edition with Steve Simon & Sean Sliney


Limited Space (10 Spots) - Join award-winning street photographer Steve Simon and professional photographer Sean Sliney for an unforgettable week of living and breathing photography in one of the world’s most photogenic cities, Boston.

  • Date: May 22-26, 2020
  • Destination: Boston, MA USA
  • Genre: Street, Urban, Documentary
  • Skill Levels: Confident Beginner to Advanced
  • Group Size: Max. 10
  • Includes: Discovering the most interesting and exciting locations in Boston, welcome dinner, tours (does not include accommodation)
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Workshop Details 

This intimate five-day masterclass (limited to just ten students) is designed to maximize both the learning experience and your ability to create a unique and powerful portfolio of imagery from Boston.  

    You will explore the vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods Boston is famous for and local expert Sean will take us to some great vantage points for capturing Boston's architecture along with urban landscape and cityscapes and some hidden gems. We will also cover the Memorial Day Parade in Cambridge with special access to capture this historic event. 

    Boston is one of the most historic cities in the United States.  Famous for many reasons, it’s perhaps best known as the birthplace of the American Revolution.  If Boston is lovely to look at from afar, it’s is even more intriguing up close. The cobblestones of the narrow streets echo a history of revolution and transformation.  However, not a single element has influenced the city so profoundly as its educational institutions.

    As in the past, Boston’s universities and colleges continue to attract scholars, scientists, philosophers and writers who shape the city’s evolving culture. Students arrive from around the world, an endless source of energy for the youthful city.  It is a small city of winding roads and nestled neighborhoods, one where America’s rich history sits directly beside some of its finest Universities, medical centers, and technological innovations.

    Steve & Sean will scout locations to work out the final detailed itinerary to balance the street and urban work we will pursue. Though the schedule may seem packed, woven into the program is down time to relax, edit your work and percolate on the experience and what is being taught. Here's Steve in action during the Chicago version of this workshop. 

    We encourage flexibility and independence among participants and will attempt to personalize your experience whenever possible. If you fall in love with an area and want to continue working there–you are encouraged to do so.

    Limiting our workshop to ten participants, allows us to tailor this workshop to meet the needs of each participant. Lectures and assignments will be personalized to get you out of your comfort zone and push you forward in your work.

    The city of Boston is fairly easy to navigate but you will be doing a lot of walking so keep that in mind!

    Our Base: The Bostonian Boston

    26 North Street
    at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
    Boston, Massachusetts, 02109-1509

    Modern Amenities Surrounded by a Wealth of History

    Located just 2.5 miles from Logan Airport, The Bostonian Boston is a short walk from a variety of the city’s favorite attractions, including Boston Harbor, the North End, the New England Aquarium, and the Freedom Trail. Situated at the doorstep of the Financial District, The Bostonian occupies one of the city’s most coveted locations. In addition to being the perfect base for exploring, we are consistently ranked as one of the best hotels in the city, offering AAA Four Diamond rated accommodations. 

    Blending the historic nature of its location in the heart of the city with modern, luxurious conveniences, you’ll enjoy thoughtful furnishings in comfortable surrounds.

    Accommodation:

    Street Philosophies

    “When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

    Steve and Sean will be teaching new and powerful street photography techniques as well as best practices for capturing the amazing urban opportunities Boston offers using your tripod and live view--guaranteed to push you to new heights in your work. Steve will further share his street-shooting philosophies gleaned from a lifetime of wandering urban places with his camera. 

    This intensive, exclusive workshop will help you find your own unique vision and street style through assignments created to get you past photographic fears and cliches to capturing lyrical, poetic and decisive moments that communicate the energy of the city.

    But mostly you will be shooting the theatre and architecture that is the street; sometimes together, often on your own.

    All levels of photographic experience can benefit from this workshop. Passion is the requirement. 

    You’ll learn about the “rhythm of place” and we will discuss the laws and ethics of street photography as well as dealing with difficult situations that might pop up.

    You will define a strategy for capturing the rich daily life of people on the street; overcoming fears and shyness, approaching strangers, framing, juxtaposition, layering your compositions, letting the image come to you and whether color or black and white best suits your vision.

    And we will have so much fun!

    “I am a tourist.“ – Garry Winogrand

    (All Images ©Sean Sliney) 

    Street Tech

    We will talk urban-tech with Steve & Sean giving you their minimalist view on gear along with simplified shooting processes to maximizing your response time to capture decisive moments.

    Steve’s street tools include Nikon mirrorless and DLSR cameras; along with a carefully curated selection of lenses. He is also familiar with a wide range of equipment to help you maximize your mirrorless, compact, rangefinder, DSLR or even your camera phone for compelling urban images.

    Though our focus is on vision more than gear, we will talk lenses, auto focus, zone focusing, shooting form the hip, using live view, flash, camera support and tripods and a host of other tips, tricks, distractions and ideas that will improve your work dramatically. 

    It’s a street and urban photography masterclass but the lessons learned here will benefit you in all genres of image-making.

    Critique

    In class, we will examine a selection of your best or most interesting work from the previous day.

    These daily critiques are of crucial importance, where we share ideas and constructive criticism looking through each others’ images. Our workshop will be a “safe place” for group discussions with suggestions and new ideas put forward.

    Steve will help guide participants work into a cohesive portfolio of images, through careful culling. You will be encouraged to take on a theme over the week for your final portfolio. 

    “A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it? “ – Ernst Haas

    Itinerary

    The detailed shooting agenda is still being defined, but you can count on days to start with a hearty breakfast, followed by a morning shoot.  You will do another shoot in the streets in the afternoon, followed by dinner and, on some days, a night shoot.  Sun will rise around 5:20am and set around 8:00pm.
    We schedule our lecture/critique sessions between 11AM and 2PM most days to take advantage of the light for shooting. We will grab lunch and eat back at our venue to maximize our time, allowing a rest-break before the afternoon/evening shooting sessions.
    You will explore some of the following neighborhoods and places in the city: 
    LOCATIONS
    The North End (Little Italy)
    Financial District
    Beacon Hill
    Back Bay
    Central (Historic Downtown)
    Cambridge (Harvard Square)
    Charlestown (Beautiful old New England village feel)
    Seaport and Waterfront
    Boston Common and Public Garden
    Historic locations along the Freedom Trail
    Fenway Park
    Depending on scheduling and weather, we are considering a day trip to Provincetown on Cape Cod.  Other possible activities include Boston’s famous Duck Tours.

      In the Passionate Street & Urban Photography Workshop Boston, you will wander and explore vibrant, visually rich places and neighborhoods chosen for their visual potential.