mini - workshop for overwhelmed photographers
In these crazy times it’s easy to let everything slip out of your hands and dive under a thick blanket. But we have no time for that. We have kids, work, a household and a sort of normal life to maintain while waiting for the threat to pass.
Because we are in survival mode and so focused on the world outside, the first thing we forget about is ourselves. And that’s killing for our creativity. Like a kid it needs attention and nurture to really flourish.
This 3 week course will give you back the playfulness in your photography and will show you how your art can help you cope in these turbulent times.
"Dear Nienke - I would never have found the freedom or the voice to photograph the way I did had I not taken your workshop. It was so liberating to be able to allow myself to shoot from the gut and to put aside the structure and rules that I've grown so accustomed to following. You gave me a safe space that not only encouraged artistic freedom but allowed for experimentation and exploration to unfold without fear of judgment –especially from myself. Through your positivity and eloquent words, your in-depth feedback, and your gift of connection, you've given me the confidence to create without apology, unease, or insecurities. For that, I am forever grateful."
Doing Nienke’s workshop was freeing and invigorating from the word go. The focus quickly became about getting to know your emotions with photography - and ‘plugging in’ to all these parts of life and your experience that mean something to you. I found that by doing this, the issue of ‘unfreezing’ yourself was left way behind, and what lay ahead was a whole bunch of possibilities for what you want to say through photography and how you can say it. This is how the workshop ended. With a whole bunch of wonderful and supportive people exploring this. It went places. Everyone went places. What a ride. And it was only three weeks! Hats off to Nienke to putting all of the pieces in place for making it happen. And for helping all of us in every stage of the process.
Nienke's workshop allowed me to slow down internally and take the emphasis off results. The tasks appear simple but really challenged my understanding of the way I see. An intuitive playground."
When the world is in turmoil around you and you feel unequal to the task of facing each day, much less picking up your camera and being creative, you need the tools that Nienke gives in this workshop. Each week was exciting, daunting, mobilizing, freeing, encouraging, rewarding and just plain fun. I felt safe to experiment and play and found that I grew as an artist; I'll never see through my camera lens the same way again. The content was mind-opening but what I appreciated the most was how Nienke empathized and encouraged but didn't let me get away with giving up. Yes, it's hard - do it anyway. And I am so grateful.
Unfreeze yourself was the perfect workshop for me during these crazy and turbulent times. I had been filled with anxiety and stress and hadn't picked up my camera in weeks. Nienke's amazing workshop allowed me the freedom to use my camera to express and release my feelings. Nienke is an insightful, empathetic mentor and she gave me the gentle push that I needed to get out of my rut. Over the three weeks, I was able to find joy and creativity again while making work that I am really proud of. I learned so much and will carry the lessons with me forever.
When I signed up for this class my work was stagnant. I had become obsessed with technical perfection over my voice. This class gave the freedom to experiment - and the freedom to fail. In that freedom I found myself again.
For a long time, I've wanted to push my creative voice. I felt like I needed more in my work. I felt like I had reached a cusp and there was something bubbling at the surface. Taking Nienke's course was the perfect thing for getting me over the edge, for pushing my creative muscles. She is so intentional about her assignments. I really appreciated that. And I thoroughly enjoyed the space we had to create. Hmm, maybe I'll take it again.
Unfreeze Yourself came at the perfect time for me. Nienke created an open space for me to explore the world with new eyes. Her lessons were clever and her teaching was authentic. She pushed me to photograph outside of my comfort zone and it felt good! I know that I will return to her lessons many times over.
This workshop from Nienke was so needed - and dumped out of I-don’t-know-where at the right moment for me. Actually I didn’t feel that frozen, but the workshop made me feel! A lot!
My emotions were mostly about anxiety if my business was going down with the pandemic.
So for me this group and the assignments Nienke’s created gave me such a lovely, safe, and warm place to create in, together with colleagues from all over the world. I felt inspired, and instead of my worries, suddenly it was my creativity that I was my following. Thanks for that Nienke. Seeing my colleague’s work has been amazing and I was filled with positive feelings for them, for myself and for photography! And meeting Nienke has been amazing – the next step will be meeting IRL - she seems to be such a loving woman with great humour.. I can’t wait to drink, talk and laugh with her someday!
Nienke's workshop has freed me to photograph what I feel at the moment. At times I think I'm too calculated and literal when I'm taking pictures so it was nice to just shoot what I feel and not care too much about the technical part. It made me more connected to my environment and appreciate my surroundings a bit more. It was exactly what I needed at the time and has given me a deeper appreciation for photography and connected me to my camera again. I look at things differently after taking this workshop and it makes me want to photograph from the gut more often.
- The fourth run starts at the beginning of fall 2020;
- Costs: € 150,- or $ 169 (21% VAT excluded)
- meant for advanced and (semi-) professional photographers;
- written for documentary family photographers, but;
- open to photographers from all genres;
- 3 weeks;
- 3 assignments;
- no pressure;
- a safe and supportive environment;
- a private Facebook group;
- lots of fun, because we need that right now!
Are you ready to pick up your camera again, to find the passion for your photography again or to learn how to stay close to yourself when you are photographing? Please sign up now. And please don't wait too long because seats for this workshop tend to go fast!