The Burnt House – A Photographic Workshop

| 05/08/2010 | Comments (0)
Burnt House #1

Burnt House #1

It was a while ago when we spent a weekend at Gross Barmen, a Hot Springs Resort on the banks of the Swakop River, 100kms from Windhoek. “We”, that would be a friendly and fun bunch of graphic designers and my humble self, who got together informally, took some pictures, exchanged ideas and later looked at each other’s work to give input and criticise. I guess that’s what makes it a photography workshop.

Gross Barmen is an eerie place even without that particular ‘Burnt House’, which they decided to leave standing in its ashes as a kind of ‘monument’ or witness of time … hmmm, not sure about that one, but anyway.

Burnt House #2

Burnt House #2

It is not even an interesting house, no spectacular architecture or anything like that, nor is it old enough to have any historic value, it’s just a guest house or bungalow gone up in flames by accident. As such I suppose it actually contributes to the ‘eeriness’ of Gross Barmen, an early Rhenish mission station, established in 1844, later converted to a resort. I cannot help it, but it reminds me of the places and especially the public baths I encountered during my first visits to Hungary in the eighties – two words, “Goulash Communism”.

Burnt House #3

Burnt House #3

Why am I writing about this ‘uninspiring place’ then? The point is, that places and/or subjects like these force you to look closer and go back to the basics. It’s about finding that shot within a given subject, rather than hunting down that subject, or motive, to get a good shot. There’s a picture in all of us, at any given time and everywhere we look. For those reasons and as such I enjoyed that weekend tremendously … above and beyond great company and fellow shooters.

So long

Tommy

PS: More pictures of this shoot/workshop can be found here … still busy rendering and re-rendering at the time of this writing :)

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