Time to end this series and show you the final cut of a full week of reportage shooting.
On the last day of the course, each of us laid on a table the 300 pictures he had taken during the week to build a reportage. A very tiring day, though definitely very interesting. A first selection of our best pictures was made, then sometimes a second one before Eric cleverly added a few of his picks and started arranging the pictures in a cohesive series. After an hour and dozens of arrangements, there was the result of a week’s work appearing in the form of a 5 to 20 pictures reportage. It was also time to learn our last lesson, and probably the toughest one, that is the « mourning of one’s best images ». Indeed sometimes your best shots just don’t fit into a series, so one has to accept to leave them aside. Difficult and frustrating, but definitely a wise advice.
My series consists of 12 pictures, some of them I have commented on previous posts while others will be new to you. I named it « 12 hours »; a wander through a day and its changing light, impressions of life on the Littoral from sunrise to sunset. Click here or on the picture to launch the slideshow.
Finally, I take this opportunity to thank Eric Bouvet and the full Buvette group for one amazing experience. If you are based in France (or nearby) and would like to learn more about reportage, Eric will most probably give this course again next summer, so check out the Rencontres d’Arles website sometimes next May. Note that Eric also sets up courses for associations and photo clubs all over France, so do not hesitate to contact him if you are interested.
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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/3000, ISO200, ND filter