Perth November 2012 (12 images)
Thorsten Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for his writings about photography and as an educator. He has photographed celebrities, and statesmen such as Hans Blix, Bill Clinton and the Danish Royal Family. He has produced images for Getty Images, WireImage, LIFE and Associated Press. His (almost exclusive) weapon of choice is his Leica M9.
One of Thorsten’s claims to fame is his 18 chapter review of the Leica M9 on his website, http://www.overgaard.dk . A large part of his year is taken up with travelling the world and teaching, or more appropriately, inspiring people in rangefinder photography. Having read all of his M9 review and most of his web site, I decided that I would like to attend one of his workshops.
And so, one fine day in November, I find myself in a room with 14 or so people to meet with the man we have only known through his writings and photography on his website. Most of us are quite familiar with photography in some form or another but despite this, we come to meet and learn first hand from Thorsten. As with any gathering of enthusiasts, we bring out our toys; 1, 2, 3, 5, 10… up to 20 Leica Ms appear in the room, including those from the neighbouring Camera Electronic Store, http://www.cameraelectronic.com.au .
We talk photography and discuss fundamentals. After lunch we hit the unsuspecting streets as a group looking for light, finding light, discussing light, etc.
After a while, we go to work practicing what we’ve discussed. We break up into smaller groups and take turns photographing and being photographed.
After a while, it is time to bring out the professional. Thorsten often travels with his friend/muse Joy Villa, http://www.joyvilla.com . Joy is a singer, actress and model who brings along her own M9 as well. We take over one of Perth’s streets and we are in another world.
We end our day by returning to the studio to discuss and practice our Lightroom workflow.
6pm comes around so quickly. Our “Leica Day” workshop ends. Many helpful tips and ideas learnt. This was the first time I had attended any form of photography worshop/class and it is was very enjoyable. Nothing like getting help and encouragement from a pro.