San Francisco, California

SPOTLIGHT on 'Your' Neighborhood

with Laurent B.

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Laurent B.
Style: Artsy

This experience is for those that want to learn how to take photos that really capture the essence of a particular place, and feel more connected to your (temporary) neighborhood in the process.

We will meet at the nearest BART to where you are, and start with a series of short exercises to connect each person with the focused area in a larger way – then we will be focus on taking photos that breaks down the neighborhood into art properties; such as line, form, juxtaposition.

During the experience, participants will shoot their (temporary) surrounding neighborhood with an expanded experience with ‘place’.

At the end of the workshop, every student will discuss/upload three photographs they took– and why it especially reflects the ‘sense of place’ of your surrounding neighborhood. The discussion will focus on each person heightening an understanding of their own photographic processes – in relation to ‘place’.

The group can then send their photos to senseofplace LAB to form a ‘sense of place’ map of the area.

• Sharpen your photography skills in relation to taking photos of places, and capturing a ‘sense of place’.
• Deepen your relationship to your surrounding neighborhood. This leads to a deeper understanding of your city, and civic engagement is fostered. The more a place is experienced, the more people care about it.
• To heighten your sensory experience of the physical and emotional aspects of the city, and reveal what’s really there.
• To develop a relationship with the neighborhood that surrounds you.
• To connect people together within a one block radius area of your neighborhood.
• To use photography as a form of interaction with and communication about a place.
• To interact with daily technology [your smartphone] in another way; to more physically engage with your surroundings.

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Laurent B.

I’m an artist, and run a non-profit called senseofplace LAB, which focuses on connecting people and places. I’ve lived in San Francisco for 7 years [in the Presidio], and have done projects all over the city. My experiences are for people that like photographing places, and want an individual interaction with SF. My mission is to have people connect more deeply with this amazing city. Full profile Leave a Review

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