So, here’s the skinny. Hobby, Arias and Heisler himself will be in Seattle, together, teaching all manner of photographic wizardry and skill sets, on Sept. 19th and 20th. Hit this link for all details. I’ll be there as well, for comic relief and to carry Greg’s bags, manage David’s twitter account (oh, to dream!) and convince Zack there’s nothing wrong with more than one light.
My dear friends Mohamed Somji and Hala Salhi have built a world class photo oasis in the midst of the deserts of the UAE, in the topsy turvy city of Dubai. They are now extending their educational reach by literally, popping up GPP events all over the world.
Their signature event, the yearly Gulf Photo Plus, has been a mainstay on my photo calendar for years. The camaraderie, the excellence of the instructors, and the essential oddity of Dubai has always been a magnet. I mean, where else could you rope down the side of the world’s tallest building?
And then, literally, the same week, go out into the desert and shoot exotic fashion work?
And likewise, in terms of the Seattle PopUp, where else could I get to hang with these three intrepid, excellent photogs and teachers? Here’s the real deal, actually. David, Zack and I are all good guys, good teachers, etc. etc. All fine. Then, of course, there’s Heisler. Literally, the exception to every rule. I think it was David who had t-shirts made once that said something like, “It’s okay, I’m only here for Heisler.”
Which is an accurate sentiment. I would travel across the country to listen to Greg. When I teach at events he is at, my conduct is just this side of stalking. His photographic wisdom is endless, entertaining and the skills represented in his portraiture know no bounds. His 50 Portraits book is a compendium of some of the best portraiture done in photography, ever.
The PopUp in Seattle promises to be fun. That area is a creative hotbed, and the photographic community there is passionate and talented, and the range of topics the four of us cover is wide indeed. Hit David H’s blog post for the full skinny, and reasons to attend.
September in Seattle!