This series was taken during the Budapest Workshop March 2018. All photos are scanned negatives.

BUDAPEST by AMY OSSOLA

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What was some highlights for you from the workshop? Generally, it was a real treat spending focused time with a group of photographers, sharing ideas and perspectives about something we all love. Learning to print in the dark room was a dream come true. Also, I loved the gallery day - felt really inspired and challenged by seeing quality, curated works. 

Can you explain why you chose bw film? In the past few months of having access to a dark room, and learning more about the craft and science of film, b+w has been a natural choice. I still love colour film, but am enjoying the restrictions of bw. I feel like it requires more skill to take an interesting photo, when you don't have colour to fall back on - a more dramatic subject, a more precise moment.

What’s one of your focus themes with photography? Storytelling is something I'm interested in, across a variety of mediums. I'm only just beginning to delve into this realm with photography. I gravitate towards people, and am trying to see them from fresh perspectives and look for ways to tell stories with integrity.

How do you use photography or relate to it? I mostly use photography to document moments. Generally I take the most photos when I'm travelling, and things become 'interesting.' But I'm learning to become more interested in the ordinary. 

Favorite aspect about photography? I think for me, the greatest gift photography has to offer, is the invitation to begin seeing the world with the eyes of a photographer. As a big, endless series of beautiful moments, waiting to be noticed and appreciated. It's not so much about the photos themselves, as the desire to truly pay attention to detail. 

What would be a typical subject you’d be natural drawn to photograph? I have this affinity with old people. I always connect with grandfather/mother characters, and often find myself taking photos of wrinkled faces or bent shoulders. There are so many stories inside of the elderly, and we miss out on a lot of wisdom when we overlook them.