Sharing my passion through workshops
“Giving workshop is something new for me. I have never done any teaching before but the workshops did confirm that my knowledge and stories can enrich the perspective of other artists”
Often times I think to myself that this life is an unexplainable miracle. What on earth have I done to be on the career path that I have today? Realising I am just a girl who was born in a village of a third world country and had almost nothing. As a child, I didn’t have much let alone a doll to play. I played outside in the nature, went on adventure through the woods, walked down the rivers, watched the shooting stars at night and started dreaming about exploring the world, loved to write fantasy stories. Maybe all these things have sparked my lust for creativity and independence. I realise now that those moments I had are much more precious than any material stuff.
Growing up this translated into doing many different kinds of job back then in my country. Starting in tourism by waitressing and guiding groups (up to volcano’s!) I developed myself in sales and marketing until becoming a journalist and editor. They were all challenging in their own way and I loved that, however not comparable to the moment when I moved to the Netherlands. Knowing that I didn’t speak the language yet and by having a diploma from a third world country wouldn’t get me anywhere, not even close to the job I was passionate about which was journalism. I was kind of lost at that time and knew very well that I would have to start from scratch again. Fear and worries? Of course, those were my daily consumptions. Had no idea what to do and which direction to take, so I took any job to just be able to survive and get to know the country; from cleaning and babysitting to even delivering mail. I did try to study again but stopped after a while because I wasn’t happy with that and decided to quit before I got consumed by it. Maybe I wasn’t patient enough but that’s a story for another time. Meanwhile I had found photography and I knew from the beginning that the joy I found in it would last. Not knowing what to do with it but along the way I found out that this was the direction I had to go.
After four years in photography I’ve learned a lot and I’ve grown so much as an artist and as a person. I have always wanted to share my stories and passions and for the first time ever this was possible by organizing a workshop in photography. I never thought that people could be so enthusiastic about my work and the fact that they wanted to learn from me just blew me away.
Long story short, I recently gave my first workshop in Groningen about creative portraiture. I worked together with makeup artist Wendy Woudstra and model Alieke. It was a full day workshop starting from 9 am to 5 pm including presentation, lunch, shoot and post processing. It was such a fun and interactive day and so amazing to be able to share my passion with everyone. Hearing their feedbacks about how inspirational the workshop was, gave me goosebumps since it was such a leap of faith. Never thought that my journey could inspire people in such a way.
Also during my summer vacation last month, I was given a chance to speak about my journey in photography in front of 60 people in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. It was conducted by Gudang Digital. I was amazed by the enthusiasm of the people about me and also my work. (Pictures and videos are down below)
Photos and videos from the workshop in Jogjakarta, Indonesia (thanks a bunch to Gudang Digital)
Giving workshop is something new for me. I have never done any teaching before but the workshops did confirm that my knowledge and stories can enrich the perspective of other artists. So I’ve decided to do it more often. Maybe this is the next path I need to head onto but I know for sure that this path is long and definitely far from smooth. I will come across many crossroads and lose direction, stumble and even fall once in a while. I’ll meet a lot of people who will maybe help me out and lead the way but there will be bunch of the fake ones as well. This path doesn’t only have to be one single way, it’s multiple and branched which makes it even harder but I will figure it out.