Today, KigaliUp! 2.0 kicked-off its activities with a photography workshop given by Juliet Hutchings. The photography workshop took place at heaven restaurant in Kiyovu. You may ask: why would a music festival organize a photography workshop?
This is the question I addressed to Judo Kanobana, KigaliUp! Production Manager and the CEO Positive Productions. He replied that “capacity building is one of our guiding principles and we therefore offer training workshops as pre-festival training to artists and artisans.”
According to Hutchings, “the goal of this workshop is to facilitate people who are already photographers to expand their photographic skills” says Juliet, “it is an opportunity for all of us either to continue honing our skills in live festival photography or to do it for the first time and really have fun with experiencing what it is like photographing musicians at work,” she added
Juliet Hutchings is an American writer, photographer and videographer with 14 years in television, film and journalism. She has been working in film, television and journalism for the past 14 years in the US, the Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda. Juliet is passionate about visual storytelling and looks forward to many great photo opportunities at the Kigali UP! Festival.
When asked why it is important to train in festival photography, specifically, Hutchings noted that “music festival photography is completely different from shooting a presidential election, a portrait or a wedding. The basic principal is chasing a moment –as with other photography—but with live event photography and musicians, there are practical obstacles and dilemmas such as stage, audience, instruments, etc. A photographer has to work around all of those. We are learning all about that and preparing ourselves to walk into the actual concert equipped.”
When asked about what he hoped the outcome of the workshop would be, Konobana replied “we are expecting that in the near future we will have more cultural photographers with the skills to capture such events.”