Going beyond aesthetics to create work with purpose, depth, and meaning
Thursday, November 10, 7-9pm, Saturday, November 12, 3pm-sunset, and Tuesday, November 15, 7-9pm
ONLINE and on the streets
Instructor: Ian Hunt
Street photography is the art of catching the stories of our daily life in a fraction of a second. The topics are as wide as the human experience: Humor, beauty, joy, pain, love, tenderness, the full range of emotions as well as abstract concepts through geometry and texture. In its best form, it is the art of revealing dimensions of the mundane that our habits prevent us from seeing. Through this practice, we end up discovering that our world is infinitely richer than what we are used to experiencing.
This class will push the participants to look past the aesthetic components of an image and use the practice of street photography to create a series of images or, if that’s not possible, singular images with intent and meaning beyond the surface elements.
The first class session addresses finding purpose and exploring strategies to create images that have a deeper meaning/metaphor. We cover a very condensed version of the aesthetic principles of street photography, and finish this session with examples and strategies of how to meld the aesthetics and “rules” of street photography intentionally with deeper meaning and purpose.
The second session will take place on the streets and beaches of Waikiki. The goal by the end of the day of shooting is to have a series of images with a consistent, meaningful theme, or a selection of individual images containing deeper meaning or metaphor.
The third session will be a moderated zoom critique during which participants images will be assessed based on the photographer’s intent. Participants are asked to come to the critique with an artist statement and a 10-12 image series, or be able to articulate the intention behind their selection of individual images.
Join Ian and other class members as they walk the streets of Honolulu looking for meaning in the mundane.
On Thursday 11/10 from 7pm to 9pm, in a Zoom session, we explore and discuss the aethetic styles of street photography and help participants imagine how they can use this genre to create images with meaning and purpose.
On Saturday 11/12, from 2 pm to Sunset, we meet on the street to practice these skills
On Tuesday 11/15, from 7pm to 9pm, a moderated Zoom critique of the images taken during the workshop will held. (Registered participants receive Zoom link prior to the class.)
Please bring your own camera and make sure your batteries are charged. You must have a basic understanding of how to use your camera. Wear comfortable attire.
Ian Hunt is an award winning educator at Mid-Pacific Institute, where he has taught since 2004. He is a founding member of Hawaii’s first Street Photography Collective, HNL Street Collective (@hnlstreetcollective). His work has been featured in the PNM Contemporary Photography in Hawai‘i Exhibition in 2018 (Kaimuki Camera Award Winner), 2019 and The Arts at Mark’s Garage’s “New Normal” Exhibition, and the PNM Contemporary Photography in Hawai’i 2020 exhibition (Juror’s Award). Currently, his work is included in the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s Seventh Annual “Street Photography Around the World” Exhibition. Locally, his images are on display at “Coffee Talk” in Kaimuki. www.ianhunt.space or Instagram: @iankhunt