Workshop Photographer: Monika Houck’s Venice
Da maestro ad apprendista
From master to apprentice
How often do we allow someone to come to work with us? Not that often, right? And for good reason. Work is our livelihood. It is the place where we build up a reputation that comes with years of earning people’s trust. Inviting people into that world is not very common and when it happens special accommodations often need to happen.
But eight times a year, I take photographers, many whom I have never met before, and bring them to work. They are allowed unfettered access to connections that took me years to develop. It can be a little nerve racking because if something goes wrong it’s on me. But more often than not, it is a wonderfully rewarding experience that satisfies the curiosity that photographers have about my working process, the world of master craftsmen, and their own ability to make pictures. It allows them to step into the worlds of master craftsmen with a guide to insure that they walk away with great images.
This October, a group of six photographers joined me inside the squero of Roberto Tramontin, of Tramontin e Figli,…the oldest remaining gondola workshop in Venice. We spent the day with the head of shop Roberto and his apprentice Michele as they put the finishing touch on a recently restored gondola. After our time in Venice, photographer Monika Houck collected her thoughts on the experience and edited her final images from the shoot. Her sensitive approach revealed a different perspective on the master/apprentice tradition. As I remind everyone in the workshops, “We each have a unique view of the world and the ability to see what no one else has seen before.” This is why we carry cameras. Please enjoy Monika’s images and we look forward to seeing you at a workshop in 2015. (ps they are already 50% sold out, so do book soon to insure your spot)
Da Maestro ad apprendista- l’arte di squero Tramontin
by Monika Houck
Please join me in congratulating Monika on her work and her continued effort to improve her photography. It is never easy to step into someone’s space and make solid images, especially when it is someone we admire, like Roberto or Michele. Until the next adventure…