by Karylle Panorel | June 1, 2022
The Silliman University Camera Club (SUCC), in collaboration with the Tourism Operations of the local government unit of Bayawan City, held a face-to-face three-day photography workshop last April 26-28, aiming to develop the photographic community in Metro Bayawan
The workshop was themed “Celebrating Life’s Harvest through Photographs,” which is central to Experience Bayawan’s “Celebrate Life’s Harvest.”
The workshop included basic to advanced photography theories and principles that incorporated hands-on experiences where the participants got to have a practical application of the theories learned during the lecture, with the guidance of SUCC photographers who served as facilitators of the event.
A photowalk was also organized by Urich Calumpang, one of the founding members of SUCC, where participants did street photography around the city.
According to Nadja Tobias, one of the facilitators of the workshop, the main workshop proponent, Ms. Donna Maturan, got inspired by SUCC’s culture of encouraging creative growth through SUCCESSes (SUCC Exchange of Shooting Skills), photography assignments, critique sessions, and exposure to the diverse fields of photography.
“Through that, the skills of existing and aspiring photographers in the area will be reinforced and improved and those artists will be empowered through the art,” she added.
When asked about the experience as one of the facilitators, Tobias said: “There is that sense of pride and joy but what is greater than that is being able to share the skills and knowledge we have of photography to individuals we never would have imagined reaching. We were there as facilitators, yet we were students at the same time.”
Moreover, the event was the first major face-to-face event done by SUCC since the COVID pandemic started and the first at this scale. It was also SUCC’s first workshop involving participants from a community.
The workshop participants were all interested individuals ‘regardless of their level of skill’ residing in Bayawan City, Sta. Catalina, and Basay.