Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Back from the barn

(Images from the barn and of the yellow team at Barnstorm XXI in Jeffersonville, Ny.)

What can I say, this past weekend at the Eddie Adams Workshop was absolutely amazing. Four days, four nights filled with endless information and inspiration. Low sleep, a large catalog of students, professional shooters and enough great work to make one go to bed smiling each night for years to come.

Again, if you're not familiar with Barnstorm, it's a four day adventure of 100 hand-picked students along with 100 photojournalism veterans that descend upon Jeffersonville, Ny., for the annual Eddie Adams Workshop.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Eddie Adams, founded the intensive four-day program 21 years ago. The tuition-free workshop's purpose is to create a forum in which an exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be shared between both established members and newcomers to the world of visual journalism.

Before reaching Jeffersonville, I always heard stories of the workshop and how it can change your life, shooting style and basically fast-forward your life as a photojournalist by five years.

On my way up last week, I was terrified. I didn't know what to expect, other than being immersed in photojournalism for four days straight with little to no sleep.

Each day, we as individuals, worked on a personal assignment given to us by our team producer and listened to a laundry list of varying speakers. Whether they talked about their own work, the industry, a new product, or the life of Eddie Adams, I enjoyed every second of it.

From Bill Frakes, Micheal Williamson, Platon, and Brian Storm to Stanley Greene, Samantha Appleton and Yuri Kozyrev, and the iconic Bill Eppridge (to name only a small portion). My mind was racing with inspiration and ideas. I was honored to hear them speak. I wanted to know more. I wanted to get out of my chair and go shoot, but at the same time was so inspired it scared me.

Each night, we got maybe three hours of sleep. On the drive home, I calculated maybe 10-hours of sleep in four days. From sun up to sun down sun up, we were eating, sleeping and breathing the industry.

I had a blast, met a bunch of new photog friends and once again was inspired over and over again.

OK, I am keeping this brief because, well, I am completly exhausted. Mentally and physically.

Until then, I've posted some images I took from while at the barn. I didn't take many, but wanted to share what I had of mostly my teammates...Go Yellow. I'll be back later this week with more on the workshop, a more detailed view if you will, and my images from my own story.

Must get sleep. Must get sleep. Must get sleep.


Blogger Christopher Blunck said...

Very cool shots from the weekend. Looks like you were really exposed to a ton of different environments! Lucky you! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 5:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good stuff so far! Can't wait to see what else you came back with. Also, please tell the story on the rocket attack!?!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 8:36:00 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Screw Yellow. Go Purple.

David Hobby
EAW II ('89)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do nice photography. congratulations to your barn meet.

I wonder how you do b/w conversions since you do quite a lot of b/w photography and it's really good !

Thursday, October 16, 2008 4:47:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Buglewicz said...

Ha! Picture 34 is me...small world! The most sleep I got the whole weekend was on that bench.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 11:57:00 AM  

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