Adam Marelli Workshop Testimonial
by Michelle Leung
The day before the Kyoto workshop, I was shuffling around the Anteroom Hotel lounge in my slippers when a woman stopped me and said with an Australian accent, “Adam! I’m Michelle.” We started chatting and ended up gaining enough momentum that if I did not go upstairs and change out of my slippers, we would carry on like this until dinner. When I came back down, Michelle confessed that she was nervous about the workshop. She was not one for criticism and said later in the week her palms were sweating before the first image review. I assured her, this was not like school. No one was judging her, there were no wrong answers and my critiques don’t hurt a bit (unless you request it.) This was promptly followed by a few of Michelle’s bubbling laughs which became a mainstay in the workshop’s morale. We judged that if Michelle was laughing, it was going to be a good day.
After the workshop, Michelle collected her thoughts in the following testimonial to give everyone a sense of how the week went for her. Interestingly enough, Michelle described her desire to do a photo project, but was not sure where to start. She took a walk around the block, made a phone call back home and returned with an idea. Turns out, she moved from Australia to Hong Kong a few years ago. Without knowing it, she moved back into her father’s old neighborhood, noted for its printing presses. She wanted to make a visual account of her family’s traces on those streets before the completely transformed into something unrecognizable. At dinner’s we all swapped stories and Michelle uncovered a few more pieces to her photographic puzzle. Now she is off an running.
This January she will be back with me at the Chiang Mai Workshop (Sold Out), along with AJ, who was with us in Kyoto. I’m looking forward to seeing how Michelle’s work comes along. But to get the best sense of her feelings, have a read of her testimonial below.
Thanks to you Michelle, AJ, Steve, Misaki, Andrew and Penny for making it a truly memorable week.