Visual Language: Advanced Street Photography with Dougie Wallace

Everyone has an individual take on the world - a unique way of seeing things. Few people find a way of communicating their own personal vision. Dougie Wallace conveys his inner world through his photography. Employing flash, instinct and intervention, Dougie Wallace’s photographs create narratives in his own inimitable style.  

This workshop will inspire you to create your personal photographic language, develop your practice and manifest your surroundings as only you see them. You will stop being a passive observer and learn how to manifest the thoughts and images you have in your head. You will learn a distinctive approach to storytelling and develop a project mentality. During the two-day workshop you will create a micro-series and be given the tools to expand your practice and discover ways to tell a broader story.

Leica Cameras are available to loan for the workshop (see participants notes) and other cameras of the participants choice are also welcome.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced 

Dates: Saturday, 16th & Sunday, 17th November 2019

Day 1

Time: 10.30am-17.30pm

Location: Leica Store Mayfair, 64-66 Duke Street, Mayfair, W1K 6JD

Lunch included on Day 1, please advise of any dietary requirements on making a booking.

Day 2

Time: 9.30am-17.00pm

Location: Shoreditch, East London (exact place to be confirmed on Day 1)

  • Introduction to Dougie Wallace and his influences.
  • A review of attendees’ portfolio (see Participant Notes).
  • Have you ever seen a moment that you wanted to capture? Well that’s your instincts - learn to trust your instincts, push your comfort levels and develop your confidence. Learn how to interact with your subjects whilst digging in and carving out that special picture.
  • Accessing your visual language and exercises to focus your mind.
  • How to make your photographs stand out with the use of flash.
  • Micro-series shooting assignment and developing a project mentality.
  • Shooting time: this part of the workshop will be held in and around Brick Lane Market, Spitalfields and Columbia Road Flower Market, the epicentre of Shoreditch and a rich source of material for street photographers or anybody with a camera interested in people and culture.
  • An introduction to editing, processing and assembling your story.
  • Participants will create an edit to be shown Sunday afternoon.

This workshop is open to intermediate to advanced photographers who are keen to develop their photography knowledge and skills specifically in street photography.

For the first day, please bring prints or USB with your selection of 10-15 images that represent your style for discussion. For the second day, please bring your own laptop for editing and post production work. The workshop will include outdoor shooting, so please bring appropriate clothing and suitable protection for your camera.

A limited number of loan cameras are available on request.  If you’d like to borrow a Leica camera please email to reserve one.

If borrowing Leica equipment, you will need to bring two forms of ID to the session. The first form of ID should be a passport or UK driving license and the second form of ID a utility bill showing your home address.

East London-based photographer Dougie Wallace grew up in Glasgow hence his moniker, Glasweegee. Internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects and a distinct direct style of expressive street photography. His books Stags, Hens and Bunnies, A Blackpool Story and Shoreditch Wild Life generated critical acclaim and a viral buzz. His book, Road Wallah, which offers a unique insight into the world of Bombay cab drivers was published in February 2016 and has been exhibited at numerous photo festivals and gallery shows.

His latest series 'Harrodsburg' was published in March 2017; it has had two major exhibitions, been featured in numerous national and international publications and won the inaugural 'Magnum Photography Award 2016'. In March 2017 BBC4 TV broadcast a 30 minute documentary about Dougie and his Harrodsburg series and is part of the series What Artists Do All Day. The programme follows Dougie on the streets of Knightsbridge as he completes the photographs for the book.

Most recently Dougie has been included in 'PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS' Creative Techniques of 100 Great Photographers (By Paul Lowe / Published by Thames & Hudson).

'Living in Shoreditch has helped me develop an eye for the tragi-comic, messy side of uninhibited human behaviour. My Glasgow upbringing has shaped my style, which has been described as 'visually exaggerated' and 'hard edged'. 

What motivates my pictures is human behaviour. People’s interactions and emotions fascinate me. My stories are thematic; they have similarities of expressions running through them. My work is informed by societies trends and incongruities and translating what I see into wit, criticism and humorous vignettes. I’d like to think that my photos convey a personalised point of view that is believable and absurd.”

Dougie Wallace’s has had a number of solo shows worldwide as well as taken part in joint exhibits and photographic festivals around the globe.  His work has been featured in assignments and publications for magazines and newspapers, including, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Economist, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Guardian, NYTimes, Observer, International New York Times, GQ, Dazed, Hunger, Vice, BBC, Die Zeit, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, El País, Der Spiegel, NZZ, Die Tageszeitung, dS Magazine - De Standaard. As well as numerous photography magazines, BJP, GUP, Professional Photographer, F2, Fotografia Magazine, Lens Culture, Leica LFI, L’Oeill, Fotomagazine and Photo International.

Dougie Wallace has conducted workshops both in the UK and overseas.  He regularly donates his work to his chosen charities each year.

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