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"One thing is sure: I am not the same street photographer now. I now know why and how I shoot" ~ +Françoise Dhulesia

Amazing work, Françoise! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
Find your Vision 2017 in Street Photography
Final Plus Post +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers +teresa pilcher
May 13th 2017

The mentorship is now over; no more assignment pending. All Plus Posts have been written. Here is the last one.
A silence has settled into my mind and I remember.
I remember Teresa's first lesson, my first "step" within the group, my first comments, our first interactions! From the very beginning, it all seemed so pleasant, so easy, so comforting, so motivating!
And then were my walks in "my" Paris, in "my adopted" London, in my native Biarritz, in search of "the" photographs that would illustrate my points: I remember...
My journey in eight stops was heading towards its final destination: a vision. I remember my interrogations, my doubts : "Have I got a vision?"
I am not sure I have found a vision, "my" vision. It rather seems I have many, all depending on the place I proceed, depending on the atmosphere I soak myself into, depending on my mood also. Difficult to say, difficult to have the benefit of hindsight...Have I found one vision or many? I feel I am multiple...
One thing is sure: I am not the same street photographer now. I now know why and how I shoot : I set my stage adding emphasis; I try to view different perspectives, more intimate ones. I blur, I pan, I balance my compositions; I experiment; I enjoy complexities as if playing a game ; I finally process with intention and delight. Still so much to learn in the field of editing!

Thank you, Teresa, +teresa pilcher​​ ! How tired you must be! You have been present all along the 8 weeks and more. Thanks for your ever positive comments on my photos when I intimately knew I could have done much better: you always saw something positive to comment and appreciate. I owe you a lot.
Thanks to +Alex Lapidus for being there and supporting my meandering into the world of blurs and unsharp; thanks to +Karolina Trapp​​ whose delicate presence I have appreciated; thank you, +Robin Griggs Wood and +Rich Barbara also.

I now want to thank all my co-mentees for their outstanding and warmth and brilliant presence by my sides all along; I have learnt from their talent, their creativity, their vision. I also owe them what I am now: a more confident street photographer. I hope we continue sharing and creating together.
I will miss you ALL.
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+Jenn Camforth, +Lena Konstantinova, +Caleb Asch, +Enrique Barreiro Alonso, +Rita Zietsma, +Jeffrey Heidrich, +Caleb Asch, +Kitten KaboodleInc, +Gernot Glaeser, +Kimmetal Smith, +Gernot Glaeser, +Paco TeGe, +Mitch Garcia,
+Stefano Ruzzini, +Chris Sutton, +Rachael Switalski, +Piotr Edelman, +Janusz Bednarski, +Diana Brown, +Jane Levine, +Stephanie Cassiday-Krueger, +Nicole Ina Michel, +Angelo Gifford, +Ron Clifford
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13/05/2017
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"This mentorship, my first ever, changed my approach to photography, not only to Street photography." ~ +Stefano Ruzzini

Wow, that's awesome, Stefano! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision?" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
With great pleasure I am making public my graduation post from the mentorship on Street Photography FINDING YOUR VISION 2017, curated by +teresa pilcher​​ and +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers​​.
This mentorship, my first ever, changed my approach to photography, not only to Street photography. And taught me many things, thanks to +teresa pilcher​​​ and the other mentors +Alex Lapidus​​, +Heiko Mahr​​, +Rich Barbara​​, +Karolina Trapp​​ and +Robin Griggs Wood​​
but also for the presence of a great group of co-mentees from whom I learned a lot.
It was hard to choose what to insert in this album, but at the end I decided for a mixture of shots already posted and not previously posted.

Alla mia non giovanissima età è stata una sorpresa ed un piacere partecipare per 8 settimane alla mentorship Finding Your Vision 2017, organizzata e magistralmente curata da +teresa pilcher​​ con la collaborazione di altri valenti fotografi citati nella parte in inglese.
Ho imparato molto e credo di essere migliorato sotto molti aspetti. È pertanto con piacere che condivido questa selezione di foto scattate e lavorate fra il 5 marzo e la scorsa settimana. 

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"...we each took a journey into our own, inner world of ideas and emotions, and learned new ways to express ourselves, cameras in hand, in the various 'languages' we were given." -- +Margrit Schwarz

Thank you, Margrit, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the Beyond the Blur mentorship with +Heiko Mahr and +Alex Lapidus!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
Final Plus Post - Beyond the Blur

For some of us, the Beyond the Blur +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers by +Alex Lapidus and +Heiko Mahr just never ends... But as Alex and Heiko are preparing to lead another group of photographers into Blurryland, I finally must try to summarize - reluctantly, because in my mind I am still exploring, thinking, wondering...

Last fall, I was fortunate to join an amazingly talented group of photographers for a wild ride through art history. Like the first Blur mentorship, this one once again opened doors to worlds I didn't know exist. It was expertly designed as a journey from Impressionism and Romanticism all the way to Contemporary Art. In between, we explored Symbolism and Cubism, delved into Abstract Expressionism and Futurism, then added a dose of Pop Art and Wabi Sabi. Oh and did I mention Dadaism?!

But, most of all, we each took a journey into our own, inner world of ideas and emotions, and learned new ways to express ourselves, cameras in hand, in the various 'languages' we were given. We got together for Museum Days around the world, we exchanged and acquired different ways of viewing art - everyone else's and our own. We developed an appreciation of other ways of seeing the world.

For me, once again, the results were unexpected and took my work in new directions. During the first Blur mentorship last summer, I discovered Multiple Exposures. As I continued playing with that technique last year, my images got ever more complex and in some ways, confusing to myself. In Beyond the Blur I discovered the concept of Reductionism in art, first through the work of Rothko, then by starting to practice, in very small steps, my own version of it. It remains a continuous journey with a worthwhile destination - trying to find and focus on what in Blurryland, and often times in life, is almost always out of focus - the essence of a scene.

Thank you Alex, Heiko and all my travel mates for another inspiring journey :-)
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5/7/17
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It's time! Signups are open for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2017 with +Alex Lapidus! Be sure to sign up on Alex's original post.
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Signup here for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2017

This is a special program on the art and weird science of motion blurs, intentional camera movement, long exposures, and much more, offered through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers . I will be taking on a small group of people for a free eight week online mentorship which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. This is going to be huge fun, and a great learning experience!

To me, blurs and unsharp photography have represented a new dimension of artistic freedom – a fresh and joyous way to play with light, color, form… and sometimes their absence. My hope is to inspire some of you to find more of that joy in your own photography, and to offer some techniques, tips and tools to help, along with plenty of practice!

My own photography has benefited enormously from mentorships and coaching offered by +Nathan Beaulne, +Robin Griggs Wood, +Darryl Van Gaal, +Sairam Sundaresan, +Eric Raeber, +Brian Wood-Koiwa, and others here on G+, and my artistic partnership with my #brotherinblur +Heiko Mahr who will join me for this program as well. I’ve had the chance to assist with a number of additional programs, and now to serve as a director of the overall Mentorship Program along with Robin and +Ron Clifford; I’m delighted to have the opportunity to offer my own favorite subject once again! To add to the fun, I've invited the people who participated in and assisted with the last three years' programs to help out this time around, so we'll have all of that fabulous experience in the group.

We’ll be covering a range of topics, including not just how to take certain kinds of images (and sometimes why), but also tools in post-processing and phone apps. My goal is to be able to offer the program to you regardless of the tools you use to capture (or process) images – DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, point & shoot cameras, or Apple or Android smartphones (1). You’ll need to be familiar with the manual operation of any camera, have at least a basic understanding of the Exposure Triangle, and have time to take at least 100-200 photos per week and perhaps many more (because practice with your hands will be key to some techniques; just knowing how won’t be enough). You’ll also need to spend quality time in a (private) community supporting, enjoying, learning from and teaching your fellow participants!

Selections will be announced on Tuesday, May 16, and the first lesson will be posted on Thursday, May 18. The program will run eight weeks, through July 13.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and publicly posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– at least a public (or public collection) photo post every few days, and more is better (the program itself will be private to the group selected, except for the option of a public display album of your favorite work at the end).
• You must be interactive here on G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop.

To be considered for selection, please answer the following questions, on the main post only, here:
https://plus.google.com/+AlexLapidus/posts/diAFj4moGn8
(your application will not be seen at any reshares). Please note that signups are not first-come, first-served, and comments will remain open for at least a few days, so please don’t worry if you’re not first in line.

1) Cameras (including smartphones) you expect to use in the program
2) Photo editing software and apps used most
3) Your goals for this mentorship
4) Amount of time you have available for participation


(1) There is at least one topic I've found it difficult to address if you’re using a point&shoot camera or smartphone alone (call it half of one of the eight weeks). The ideal combination would be DSLR or mirrorless plus a phone, and if you use only a P&S it needs to be capable of full manual shooting (shutter speed, aperture and ISO).


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A new session of +Alex Lapidus's Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play program is about to get under way, and we hope some of you will join the fun! Signups will begin Tuesday, May 9 so keep an eye out for the official signup post.
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Heading to the Party?

A new session of my Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play program is about to get under way, and I hope some of you will join the fun! Signups will begin Tuesday, May 9; keep an eye out for the official signup post.


For #unsharpsaturday with me, +Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet; #streetphotography ; #streetpics with +Sergey Sus and +George Bolkvadze (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday).

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"I can now stop just reacting to scenery and use the techniques learnt here to take better pictures with more a informed eye." -- +Ronan McLoughlin

Thank you, Ronan, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the Colors, Shapes, Lines & Textures mentorship with +Roger Chessell!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
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I really enjoyed the Colours, Shapes, Lines & Textures mentorship and thanks to +Roger Chessell for including me. I enjoyed all the interaction and encouragement from all the other mentees. The mentorship has given me a structure to follow when out shooting, particularly when I am going out without a clear objective. I can now stop just reacting to scenery and use the techniques learnt here to take better pictures with more a informed eye. The mentorship has ingrained in me the use of shapes and colours in my photography and addition of lines/textures to help improve those photos. Also the challenges especially photo yoga were fun and instructive.
This was my first mentorship and hope I can be included in further mentorships and would not hesitate to encourage other photographers to partake.
A big thanks to +Angela Migliore +Carmen Mandich +Lauri Novak +Brian C +Maayan Windmuller +Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin +Slavica Mendelski +Alex Lapidus +Przemyslaw Szatkowski +Renee McDaniel +Steffan Correll +Kitten KaboodleInc +Mary Presson Roberts +Laura McLeod +Sonia S for all their help and encouragement- it was very much appreciated (hope I haven't forgotten anybody, sorry if I did)

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Here it is -- +teresa pilcher's Finding Your Vision mentorship is open for signups! We're very excited about her new offering for street photographers; be sure to sign up on her original post.
The FINDING YOUR VISION mentorship is ready for sign-ups!
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This is a special program designed specifically for beginner to intermediate Street Photographers. (Please note "Beginner" means you've shot some Street Photography prior to taking this mentorship)

In this mentorship I will share my Understanding of the elements that make a strong image. Firstly by analysing images captured. Secondly by increased awareness through mindful practice at Street. By the end of the mentorship, participants will have a better understanding of these elements, that should be reflected in their images.
Also a better understand principles of design and their own personal vision.

This mentorship is offered through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers


I will be taking on a handful of people for an 8 week on-line mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

I’ve been taking photos for just over 30 years, and have specialised in Street Photography for the past 2 years.
I’m a Sphere 2 graduate from the Arcanum. Most of my Street Photography has been self taught, but also formally through workshops and the Arcanum.

The applicants will need to be already have experience shooting Street Photography.
You will need to be available to shoot at street at least once a week for 6 of the 8 week program.
Assignments will be posted on a Friday so you need have time available to complete them each week.
You own/ have access to a camera that you can shoot in Automatic / Aperture Priority/ Shutter Priority.
Processing in Adobe Lightroom or similar is preferred but not essential.



PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a technical workshop. You can use any kind of camera that you can shoot on aperture /shutter priority. Either point and shoot, DSLR or mirrorless, you will need to be familiar with your own camera. Processing will covered but please do not outlay any money for software.

Sign up will be open until Saturday the 11th March. Selections will begin on the 12th March for the Mentorship beginning Sunday the 19th March 2017.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking street photos and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)
• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You have no previous studies in this subject, since this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity or advantage to add this skill set to their knowledge base.
• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.



To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here: https://plus.google.com/+teresapilcher/posts/RhXhvZXd1TP

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:



1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most
3) Level of Street Photography experience
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession
6) Previous art studies
7) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS3
3) None? Beginner? Intermediate?
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk
6) I have no previous art studies
7) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus
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"I really had such a ball and learned SO MUCH, and truthfully, I am continuing to use all I learned here every single day." -- +Robin Cohen

Thank you, Robin, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the Beyond the Blur mentorship with +Heiko Mahr and +Alex Lapidus!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!

+Plus Post for the Beyond the Blur Mentorship....

Thank you very, very, very, very much to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, +Alex Lapidus and +Heiko Mahr for a beautifully inspiring and creative experience in the Beyond the Blur Mentorship. This mentorship was a fascinating exploration of art history: Impressionism and Romanticism, Symbolism and Cubism, Post-Impressionism and Dada, Expressionism and Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Futurism, Art & Music, and Pop Art, Japanese Painting and Wabi Sabi, and Contemporary Art. We studied particular artists (that we chose), in every period and produced photographic artworks inspired by these artists. The group of us were so eager to explore and to share our interests and our art, that we got lost in the process and really provided tremendous inspiration and support for each other. In addition to supporting our creative processes, Heiko and Alex prepared wonderful reviews and discussions of each art period, so there was much to be learned. I really had such a ball and learned SO MUCH, and truthfully, I am continuing to use all I learned here every single day. Here are some works. You can probably see echos of Turner, Rothko, Klimt, Seurat, and others in here.... Some of these are newer, since I continue to experiment using this process. Thank you for your genius, generosity and inspiration, Heiko and Alex!!
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Another mentorship program coming soon! A fabulous mentorship on Street Photography run by the extra-fabulous +teresa pilcher! Stay tuned to +teresa pilcher's profile stream on March 5th to catch the sign-up post!
Finding Your Vision - is a free mentorship for beginner to intermediate Street Photographers.

Over the past 2 years I have participated in several programmes offered through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.
Not only have I met other amazing photographers, but I’ve developed skills and grown creatively.
As a way to Pay it Forward, I have since developed my own 8 week mentorship to help street photographers develop their own personal style or vision.

Sign ups start March 5th right here on my profile. I will explain more details on the next post. So watch this space.

This 8 week Mentorship will start on March 19th.

+Alex Lapidus +Ron Clifford +Robin Griggs Wood +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers #FindingYourVision

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Last few days of signups!

Be sure to visit Byron's original post to sign up for Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic. This is one of our favorite programs, with a terrific team of mentors to work with you -- don't miss out!
Sign up here for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 2017 mentorship!


►►► Read the instructions before you sign up! ◄◄◄

This is a special program through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers designed to help you get to know your camera better and be able to move into Manual shooting mode. A group of mentors will be taking on a handful of people for a 8-week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

We have assembled a very able group of quality, knowledgeable and caring photographers from the Google+ community who want to share their understanding and experience with you.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a camera BASICS workshop only, designed to help an individual move beyond shooting on auto or semi-automatic modes exclusively. It will cover how to use the various manual options for DSLR cameras and some "point and shoot" cameras that have a dedicated Manual mode. Do not apply for this workshop if your camera does not have a Manual mode.

Also, please be aware that this is an intensive mentorship. Each week will have set assignments, with very clear expectations. You will be shooting a lot. If you are not comfortable with a very guided and directed program, then this might not be the mentorship for you. This mentorship is not about developing your artistic vision. It is, however, very much about giving you the technical control of your camera needed to develop and realize your artistic vision. Advanced editing skills are not required, and for most of the mentorship you will be asked not to edit your photos.

Group size is LIMITED.

Signups will be open for several days, and are not first-come first-served. Selected participants will be notified by Thursday, Feb. 26th, and the first lesson post will be Thursday March 2nd. You will need to have the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers page circled to receive the private message, if you are selected.

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These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– typically at least a couple of PUBLIC posts per week; more posting increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected.)
Posts to a community, even public community are not considered public posts in the sense of this application. Participants are those who regularly post in G+ in a variety of public posts, including posts to public collections.

• You must be interactive with others here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to your fellow participants. We learn from each other in this program.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop. You’ll be shooting a lot, and weekly assignments need to be completed on time. The program is designed so that each week builds on the lessons of the previous week. If you are going to be away in the middle of the mentorship, then it might be better to wait until the next offering.

(We use the same selection criteria that +Robin Griggs Wood uses for her "G+ Mentorship Art for Photographers Program", which you can read about here to see if you qualify for the BASICS mentorship: https://plus.google.com/b/105385385448524520257/105385385448524520257/posts/BT1Ei9qD2fi )

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To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only!

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:


1) Photography skill level or how long you've been shooting
2) Type of camera/s you currently shoot with that have Manual mode
3) Aspirations within photography
4) Current job or profession
5) Amount of time you have available for participation


EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Shooting for 1 year approx.
2) Canon EOS Rebel T3
3) To sell prints of my work
4) Full-time grocery store clerk
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this


The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus.

The Mentoring Team and Assistants.


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