In October 2015, the very talented Paul Sanders (ex picture editor of The Times), led a group of Light and Land photographers on a tour of New York City. This iconic city with its incredible skyline, buzzing streets, peaceful parks and world famous landmarks made for a superb location.
Light and Lander Peter Pauwels ( who incidently was on his fifteenth tour) has kindly agreed to answer some questions about his experience on the tour. We'd also like to thank him for allowing us to use a few of his fantastic images.
Have you visited New York before?
Yes, the first time was in 1963 the last time (before the L&L tour) was in about 2000 while the twin towers were still there.
Was this your first tour or workshop with L&L, and how did you hear about us?
No, it was my 15th. I think I first heard about L&L at my camera club when the Tuscany photos were very much in fashion.
So what level would you say you were as a photographer?
I’ve been doing it for about 60 years and know quite a lot about it, but it is putting it into practice which is difficult!
Can you tell us what were you hoping to achieve from a L&L tour, in terms of progressing your photography skills?
It is always interesting to learn how other people approach subjects but it was more about finding good locations/photo opportunities which led me to go on the tour.
What were your thoughts on the places visited and the time spent at each place?
I was very pleased with the selection of locations visited. We always had all the time we needed at each place – but this meant that it wasn’t possible to take in a couple of places on the itinerary.
And how did you feel about Paul Sander's level of technical knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement?
Paul’s technical knowledge was more than adequate, he was full of enthusiasm and was ever-ready to help and encourage. He couldn’t have done a better job.
How was Paul's knowledge of the city and the best places to go?
Paul has an extensive knowledge of the city, the best places to go and the time of day to be there.
Was the tuition appropriate to your level, and did you receive feedback on your images?
I didn’t expect tuition as such but Paul did help with the practicalities of long exposures – a speciality of his.
Was Paul able to accommodate specific requests of the group and to be flexible to take lighting and any adverse weather conditions into account? We didn’t experience any adverse weather – quite the opposite! Paul always discussed the programme with us beforehand and was very accommodating about modifying it.
One last question, if a friend or colleague asked you whether they should consider a Light & Land tour, what would you say to them?'
I’d probably say that they are the Rolls Royces of the business and charge accordingly!
Thanks Peter- great review!