Feedback about my Photo Workshop | Témoignages des Stages Photo avec The Passenger Photography
Gokhan Kayal | Germany/Turkey :
Workshop in Maputo 28 April – 5 May 2018
Before deciding to join the photo workshop in Maputo with Nicolas and spending a full week I have asked myself about the reason to travel that far to a city which is not known to be specifically photogenic. Since I know Nicolas well from previous workshops I have asked him this question. The answer that I have received was that it is a matter of photographic intuition and I should trust him, and so I did. Just to anticipate the end of the story, it was a very good decision!
On our first day Nicolas explained that we will find our ways of approaching the city, its history, architecture, the sea and its people and that he had prepared a plan for each day. At the end, our photographic exploration should reflect these main elements. He also reviewed our portfolios with 15 photos each. He had insisted that the photos should be presented as prints.
One of Nicolas’ strengths is story telling. He wants us to tell a story through our pictures. There is more than taking a great photo and walk away. Building a story requires to think in a more comprehensive way about the pictures you want to take and revisit the places to be able to get acquainted with the venue, its people and to develop an idea about that place. This concept of revisiting is a fundamental lesson to be learnt in photography and Nicolas helps the participants of his workshops to practice this aspect. It is like a mini project. During the slide shows each day it was sometimes fascinating to see how he was selecting and reshuffling the sequence of the photos to build a story to demonstrate that you could express yourself in so many different and more and less powerfull ways. I liked the fact that he gave us critical feedback allowing each of us to grow and make progress.
Nicolas was very well prepared for Maputo. When he was guiding us through the streets I was impressed to see how he was navigating (without google maps!). It was obvious to me that he made this trip many times in his mind before we arrived there. Although there were some uncertainties about how the city would react on us and whether we would be welcome as photographers. I felt very comfortable at all times and reassured that we were in good and capable hands of Nicolas. It is not only this comfort, his skills to guide us in an unknown city and his photographic qualities. One of the aspects what makes special to travel with Nicolas is his desire to share his passion with the participants of his workshops.
I take the opportunity to thank you again Nicolas for this outstanding experience.
Olivier Leger | France :
Il y a 10 ans je tombais sur une petite annonce dans la rubrique Workshop de Réponses Photo. C’est ainsi que je me suis retrouvé une fin d’après midi dans la moiteur du riverside à Phnom Penh avec mon appareil photo. Depuis j’ai fait toutes les destinations de The Passenger Photography et certaines plusieurs fois. C’est dire combien j’apprécie les workshops de Nicolas. Au delà des spots incroyables qu’il partage, on apprend beaucoup à le regarder évoluer et prendre des photos dans un lieu donné. C’est aussi des rencontres humaines particulièrement riches et une façon différente de voyager. Enfin il y a Nicolas qui au fil des années est devenu un ami. A consommer sans modération!
Luis Grillo Rodrigues | Portugal :
The first time I did a workshop with Nicolas was in Havana in 2014, it was a full and intense 5 days workshop, I’ve learnt a lot with him. The focus of his workshops are not the technical aspects of photography (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc.) that is secondary. Neither are the touristic spots, nor the places to take the best postcard pictures back home. The main goal is to explore your inner self and how a photo, a set photos, a story can be put all together to create an immersive experience not only for the photographer but also to the people viewing the photos. At same time he knows where to go in order to explore not only the places but the people that inhabited the place, in matter fact with his knowledge he helps the photographer to find the soul of a place.
Since then, I spend more 18 days in Cambodia and Vietnam plus 7 days in Maputo and I wish to join Nicolas in many other workshops.
He is always ready to listen and to answer any question (even the technical ones when they arise.. ).
I’m really glad to be is student, I truly believe that I improved a lot with his suggestions and with his criticisms, the positive ones but even more the negative ones. I still have a lot to learn.
See you soon my friend!
Many thanks Nico. Merci!
Gaetan Mauguin | France :
The first time I have attend to a workshop with Nicolas…it was a long long time ago … In fact, no so long time ago … it was in 2009, in Vietnam…I find him on a French magazine.
@What’s a huge experience for me! … A new continent, an unforgettable trip with a deep artistic point of view and of course expectation from Nicolas was high!
He helped me to go further in street photography … It was an amazing experience, closed to 24 a day of photo, contacts, discovering…He help me to change the way I practice photography.
Later on, I join the Napoli workshop … HUGE … many of my friends have gone there, but none of them have been where he brought us… still with the same expectation on the work…It was not an holiday for me … But, it was what I expect : I increase my skills, it was very valuable.
A few year later, we were still in touch, he told me : Gaetan, would you be part of a new experience ? I [Nicolas] am setting up new workshops … in Greece (Aegean see…) . I answer Yes and came twice! For the both times, it was over expectations … Stratos, stories and locals were on point!
The same year, I tried to attend to the Cuba workshop which was fully booked on the both weeks…
Last year, I was able to arrange my schedule to attend this valuable workshop … even after 5 times with Nicolas, he made me go further in my practice & eyes viewing… catching the colors, framings, expressions; situations and much more. It was over my expectations
So a big big thank you Nicolas for your patience, for your willingness to bring us your knowledge, for your feedbacks and your involvement in finding amazing place for your workshops. It is always a photographic adventure to attend to your workshops!!!
Just have one question for You Nicolas: What’s next ?
Rebeca Gutiérrez Lopez | Spain :
Hay un antes y un después tras conocer a Pascarel y participar en uno de sus talleres de inmersión fotográfica. Para mi Pascarel es un maestro y un muso.
Meastro en construir historias visuales, en la narración fotográfica, en la selección de enclaves cargados de realismo mágico, en la edición de foto-novelas.
Muso por su humanismo, por su sentido del humor, por su afición al tabaco, y por esa fragancia irresistible de saudade que cada uno de sus poros emana.
Gracias Nicolás por hacerme la fotografa que hoy soy. Je t’aime!
Heba Mansour | England :
Last workshops attended in 2017 include Porto in spring and Cuba, winter. I have in previous years been to workshops with Nicolas in Naples, Vietnam, Cambodia and Folegandros
Nicolas is professional, personable, always available during the workshop and after; he always takes good care of the group during his photo workshops. He is happy to share his secrets to allow his students to take amazing photos. The locations explored during the workshop have been fantastic, the times to be on location are chosen by Nicolas for optimum light and atmosphere. One can come away with great photos taken during workshop. Many of the locations are untouristic and interesting. Many of the locations also include URBEX such an old prison in Naples, abandoned buildings, unique markets and secret gardens. Locations explored during the workshop chosen by Nicolas are unique and original. The location he chooses for the workshop are a key to his craft as a photographer, who has exhibited his work globally for over 20 years.
The main theme of the workshops with Nicolas Pascarel are building photo series, photo narratives and photo stories. Nicolas Stays with the group during the day, and at night to take street photos. Sllideshows during the workshop are with a projector.
There are many Key concepts Nicolas teaches during his workshop including improving composition, the physical approach to photography, cultivation of artistic sensibilities and culture as well as as affinity to the location and the people where the workshop takes place.
The workshops have always been a fantastic full immersion photographic and travel experience and Nicolas has been a very patient and constructive photography teacher. He has always advocated that to improve ones photography, one must seek influences and ideas from movies and literature. During the workshop he helps everyone to build together their own unique photo story, that gives the context of the location and it’s people. He always teaches how to:
1. Understand light
2. Think of how images compliment each other (light, colour, composition)
3. Take inspiration from each other and from Notable photographers (both famous and not so famous) and their work.
I highly recommend any of his workshops for both photography and travel. My next workshop with Nicolas is end of April 2018 in Maputo, can’t wait!
Louis-Jacques Bouchard | Québec/ Canada :
Comment commencer, et bien, pour tout dire, je suis canadien, j’habite Québec et j’ai eu le grand plaisir de développer mon regard photographique depuis presque une dizaine d’années en compagnie de M. Nicolas Pascarel.
Un jour de 2009, j’aperçois dans la revue Réponses Photo une annonce de stage photo à La Havane, Cuba, je m’y inscrit et là commence toute une aventure à laquelle je ne m’attendais pas du tout. Cette aventure, je l’ai renouveler à plusieurs reprises depuis et toujours avec autant de satisfaction.
Bien entendu, si on choisi de faire un stage photo, c’est que l’on considère que l’on a besoin de confronter notre regard à celui d’autres passionnés, de formation sur la prise de vue et de critiques sur notre travail. D’ailleurs, ce qui m’a beaucoup aidé c’est justement ces critiques justes et honnêtes sur mes images lors des diaporamas de présentations. Y faire face, m’a permis de progresser et d’améliorer mon regard. L’éditing et la construction d’histoire par l’image fait partie intégrante des stages.
M. Pascarel assure une présence constante avec nous et il est de ce fait toujours disponible pour répondre à nos questions et organiser les différents lieux de prises de vues. Ces divers lieux proposés pour y faire des images, c’est je pense une des forces de The Passenger Photography, que ce soit Riverside où White Building (qui n’existe plus) à Phnom Penh, le marché aux crabes à Kep, un café de Cholon où une barre d’immeubles à Saigon, la visite des jardins de Hué ou d’une pagode vietnamienne, une école de danse, la photo de nuit dans le Vedado où le Malecon à La Havane, la diversité des endroits proposés est vraiment un atout pour les stagiaires qui pourront y parfaire leur regard et aiguiser leur indexe. Une des forces de M. Pascarel, c’est sa capacité à nous proposer de nouveaux lieux années après années.
L’expérience humaine est aussi une partie intégrante de ces rencontres, car nous mangeons tous ensembles et nous avons l’occasion de nous prononcer sur le travail des autres. Cela tisse des liens qui vont parfois bien au-delà du stage et qui continus d’évoluer au cours de notre vie.
Aujourd’hui, après avoir déambuler sur les trottoirs de La Havane, Phnom Penh, Kep, Saigon, Hué, Hanoï, New York, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Valparaiso, Ushuaïa, Buenos Aires où ailleurs, je prends pleinement conscience de l’évolution de mon regard photographique et je suis reconnaissant à M. Pascarel de m’avoir accompagner et de m’avoir permis de progresser dans mon art et ma passion. J’ai mis en pratique tout ce savoir appris lors de mes voyages personnels en France, en Suisse, au Japon, au Chili, en Argentine, au Québec où ailleurs.
Je n’hésite donc aucunement à recommander The Passenger Photography et M. Nicolas Pascarel pour un stage photo réussi et des rencontres humaines qui agrémenterons vos souvenirs et/ou votre carnet d’adresses d’amitiés nouvelles.
Merci à M. Nicolas Pascarel…
Dumitru Dabija | Romania/Canada :
Nicolas is a great photographer and I enjoyed immensely the 3 workshops I’ve done with him. Vietnam (2008), Cuba (2010) and again Cuba (2016).
Luis Pinto | Portugal :
I first met Nicolas through an interesting interview on a special issue of the french magazine Réponses Photo (Hors Série 6, 2008).
I was looking for something different, both to improve my photographic skills, and also to bring some needed change in my life. Having liked his visual approach, and also the philosophy behind his workshops, I decided to take a chance and join a photo workshop in Vietnam, in 2009.
For me, it was a life changing experience. The places, the people, the climate, but also the way Nicolas was available 24h a day, guiding and supporting us, created a strong and intense workshop, where photography was, paraphrasing Frank Sinatra, getting ‘under my skin’.
His deep knowledge of local culture and places allowed us to be on incredible spots, at the right time, to capture real life scenes, sometimes simple and beautiful, other times more intense and dramatic.
After that workshop I returned once more to Vietname with him, 2 years latter, and I also went to Havana, Cuba, for another extraordinary photo workshop, filled with light and shadow, with strong and intense experiences. A destination I intend to visit with him again, as soon as I can.We became good friends, and I became a better photographer. Thanks, Nico!
Erick Brandt | France :
Il est un homme, un bel homme, un français napolitain, cultivé à force de toiles romantiques visionnées sur écran noir, de mots dits qui recouvrent les maux de vie et d’images mouvantes arrêtées sur les épisodes d’une road movie.
Le rencontrer réjouit. Réunir l’un et l’autre et conduire un groupe souriant est sa gageure. Il y parvient et l’échange est joyeux, respectueux, savoureux.
Il vous emmenera dans des contrées lointaines et vous dira le peuple et l’histoire, la culture et l’art car c’est un conteur, un connaisseur de l’autre, un songeur préoccupé par les lumières…
Il vous accompagnera à l’aurore ou entre chien et loup, dans une cité, sur ses propres sentiers, jusqu’à ses regardoirs où votre curiosité de novice des lieux sera troublée. Votre sensibilité ainsi exacerbée et votre acuité intensifiée n’auront alors plus qu’à s’exprimer, à déclencher et à retenir une image, la vôtre.
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Chiara Iaia | Italy :
Ho partecipato ad uno, il mio primo ed unico per il momento, photoworkshop con Nicolas Pascarel a Napoli nel novembre 2015. Sono stati tre giorni intensi, una full immersion nella fotografia ma soprattutto nei luoghi in cui Nicolas ci ha portati, tutto il golfo di Napoli, persone e luoghi non “da turisti”. Spero di poter ripetere l’esperienza a Napoli e mi piacerebbe prima o poi partecipare anche al suo workshop che ripete due volte all’anno a Cuba, sempre con lo stesso spirito, calandosi nella quotidianità dei luoghi, incontrando e parlando con la gente, ciò che all’occhio del turista che va di fretta “non è dato” di conoscere.
Mina Grasso | Italy :
Belle le giornate di stage con Nicolas! il tempo passa piacevolmente e rientri a casa con foto bellissime. Nicolas ti porta nei suoi ‘angoli amati’, ne studia i percorsi, la luce, gli orari. Il gruppo si muove in maniera molto armonica, senza stress e si crea una bella sintonia tra i partecipanti. Spesso si parla lingue differenti, ma questa cosa diventa un dettaglio irrilevante, mentre le immagini, la scelta di uno scorcio, il confronto delle foto sulle macchine e la piacevolezza delle giornate trascorse insieme prevalgono su tutto.