STORYTELLING AND STORY SHARING by Robert Golden
An intensive 5 day photographic course* across three weekends several weeks apart.
MY STORYTELLING HISTORY
I have made many photo-essays in the past for magazines as The New York Review of Books, Nova Magazine, the Radio Times, and the Weekend Telegraph Magazine;
I’ve illustrated over 30 books including the Smithsonian Air and Space and History Museums; conceived and made photo-essays for 15 books of my own including the award winning PEOPLE WORKING SERIES and HOME.
My essays have been shown in the Photographer’s Gallery, the Barbican, the Side Gallery, at the V&A, and many other galleries around England and elsewhere. Recently I made numerous photo-essays financed by Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and for various European funded programmes. I have been asked to write for Focal Press and other on-line and conventional publishers.
As for storytelling in films (which has similar structures to photographic essays), I’ve written 40 film scripts, 35 of which have been made. Both my feature films have won awards, the first taking the prestigious audience award at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Recently one of my films was shown to the Parliamentary all-party committee on Bosnia and Herzegovina and another at the Davos World Economic Forum as an example of how culture changes people.
A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT MY WORK
Robert Golden builds his images with restraint: tactile sensuous shapes are riveted to a classical structure so tightly that no one thinks about formal qualities...Mr Golden is not talking about himself but about others.
BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert Golden is one of the most passionate photographers I know. He not only wants to take great photographs and make great films but he wants us to see what is really happening in the world, as he would say "under the rocks". I have know him for over thirty years and he hasn't given up yet.
EAMMON MCCABE (then picture editor-OBSERVER)
I‘ve been taking pictures for nearly forty years and always enjoyed the process. I’ve been to ten friendly and supportive seminars organised by Robert and feel that I’ve done better, more interesting work in the past three months than I’ve ever done. He is keen to improve technical understanding of photography, but far more importantly, encourages you to think why you do what you are doing - so it’s hard not to grow as a photographer.
recent workshop member: M Norris, Devon
BEG! feature film, directed an co-written and by Robert Golden
…it remains one of the most astonishing , bold and original movies of the 90's
The List, Scotland
Humanity restored. Behind a good photo there is a good idea. I am thankful for the people like Robert Golden who are endless inspiration for people wondering if there is a meaning in people or in what they do. Masterpiece at its finest. I pay respect for the people who think before they do, who are not fame hungry but simply unselfishly share their talent and experience with others. It’s a gift within oneself. Thank you.
FROM A STRANGER IN RESPONSE TO MY BLOG ON FOCAL PRESS
We will discuss what storytelling is and help people to decide on an idea to develop.
We will discuss the differences between an individual image and a collection of images.
The difference between a collection, a series, a portfolio and a photo-essay (story)
What is a story? Why do we need stories? What structures are normally found in stories? Why do you need or want to tell a story? What relevance does your story have and to whom? Who is your natural audience?
Explanation and practice of •mind-mapping •high concept •the holon •decide on a possible story •theme, content and subject matter •appropriate style •story boarding
Suggestions about how to present stories:
•the use of captions and texts •presentation •ideas
Several weeks later, will have provided sufficient time for participants to decide on a story, create a high concept and a holon, work on a storyboard, and begin to create a photographic project. On that second weekend we will explore the work so far, providing an in-depth analysis and suggestions for continuation and/or improvements.
Workshop members will, if they wish, show their storyboards, discuss their high concept and show their pictures so far as prints, or as PDFs. Each will be discussed in detail. This is where the best learning takes place. All previous discussions will begin to take shape, encourage participant’s imaginations and boost their knowledge.
As a film-maker, I learned more about story-telling while in the edit suite than anywhere else. We will make this as painless and as friendly and supportive as possible.
Participants will go away with ideas to perfect and develop their stories.
Several weeks later (to be decided amongst us) we will look at corrections, alterations and improvement to the work.
A maximum of 6 people per the two groups will take part in this set of workshops because of the need to have sufficient time for individual attention. I am offering two sets of dates if we have more than 6 people. It will be on a first come basis.
The fee is £350.00 for the 5 days to be booked and paid by 15 February 2016.**
Once you have signed up and paid, I will send some PDF’s that may interest you.
GROUP A FILLED
Weekend 1 - Saturday and Sunday 12 and 13 March
Weekend 2 - Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 April
GROUP B 4 PLACES LEFT
Weekend 1 Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 Febuary
Weekend 2 Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 April
The final review day to be decided by the group
Please note, if no more than 6 people sign up, the workshops will have to be on one weekend only. If there are not more than 8 people, we may work in one group.
All the workshops will take place in Bridport. There is free parking available (as I write). Workshops will be from 10 am until 5 pm with a break for lunch.
For payment details: please go HERE.
*This course will assume you are to a degree competent with using your DSLR and can find your way around Photoshop. This series of workshops is neither about basic technique nor snap-shooting. It is for advanced amateurs who want to take there work to another level of communication.
** For people wishing to stay in Bridport for these weekends there are excellent B&B’S and a good hotel at different tariffs.