Monday: First Day of Foundry 2015 Classes — A Tornado of Action and Fun

Bali, Indonesia, July 20, 2015. An explosion of activity…that’s the only way to describe the first full day of Foundry 2015!

Classes gathered at the Pelangi School, and instructors began their interactions with students. Each instructor had their own approach…some immediately began discussing student projects, some projected and discussed student portfolios, others discussed their own work and career, with many combining some elements of all of these. Instructor Ron Haviv introduced and explained the organizational tool “Mind Mapping” for designing photo projects.

Foundry Instructor John Stanmeyer discusses with class his World Press Photo first-place award-winning photo of Somali immigrants in Djibouti.  Thry are trying to connect with Somali cell phone signals to reach their families back home. ©Neal Jackson
Foundry Instructor John Stanmeyer discusses with class his World Press Photo first-place award-winning photo of Somali immigrants in Djibouti. Thry are trying to connect with Somali cell phone signals to reach their families back home. ©Neal Jackson
Ron Haviv introducing Mind Mapping exercise to help students plan issues around their projects. ©Neal Jackson
Ron Haviv introducing Mind Mapping exercise to help students plan issues around their projects. ©Neal Jackson

Between classes, students and instructors gathered in an open building on the school grounds where a local restaurant had set up, selling food but also moving gallons of tea and coffee!  A bit of fun was also had as the excitement of being together lowered hesitations and friendships began to evolve.

Workshop Coordinator jumps into pile of beanbag chairs, about to be placed around the Pelangi school campus for students to sit and think brilliant thoughts. ©Neal Jackson
Workshop Coordinator jumps into pile of beanbag chairs, about to be placed around the Pelangi school campus for students to sit and think brilliant thoughts. ©Neal Jackson

Evening arrived and the group reassembled in downtown Ubud at the Betelnut Café to see projections of work by instructors Adriana Zehbrauskas, Henrik Kastensnov, Andrea Bruce and Ron Haviv, followed by a stimulating panel discussion on the ethics of photojournalism led by Workshop Coordinator Kirsten Luce.

Kirsten Luce leading evening panel of Ron Haviv, Andrea Bruce, Adriana Zehbrauskas and Henrick Kastenskov discussing ethical issues in photography. ©Neal Jackson
Kirsten Luce leading evening panel of Ron Haviv, Andrea Bruce, Adriana Zehbrauskas and Henrick Kastenskov discussing ethical issues in photography. ©Neal Jackson
Students, staff and instructors watching screening of instructor work at Betelnut Cafe in Ubud.  ©Neal Jackson
Students, staff and instructors watching screening of instructor work at Betelnut Cafe in Ubud. ©Neal Jackson

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