My friend Peter Turnley is offering a $250 discount to any TOP reader who signs up for his upcoming workshop in New York City, making the cost a more manageable $1,300 as opposed to the standard $1,550. The workshop runs from May 29th to June 4th—you can see all the details at his workshop page. To get the discount, just tell Peter "Mike sent me" when you email him to register.
It's not evident from up there on the surface, but Peter has really been a big help to TOP behind the scenes. There are at least a dozen people and maybe as many as two dozen who do a lot to help TOP keep cruising along, and he's one of them.
If you're a Midwesterner and have never been to New York, a workshop would be the ideal way to see the city while giving your shooting chops some serious exercise, but I'd urge you to plan to at least visit some day whatever you do. I'm always surprised by how many people out here in the Midwest have never been to New York.
My "lottery daydream" would be to move TOP to Central Park West. Not going to happen in this lifetime, most likely, but of all the things I miss about the East Coast, regular visits to New York rank just below seeing my family more often. New York is the most fun, most interesting place in the world, and I don't care if I don't have enough data to make that claim, I'm making it anyway. An occasional visit to New York will really recharge your batteries.
Peter's off teaching a worshop in Seville, Spain, this week, with nine lucky students.
I'd rather be in Seville than here, I can tell you that. In the past two days we have had snow (twice, the first time accumulating to an inch on the back deck), rain that's about as cold as rain can be and still be rain (and that came in at a strong slant because of the high wind), sleet, and hail. To top it all off, this morning...frost. The weather has cleared today, but the headline on the local weather site today is "Sunshine, Briefly." Yeah, like they had to tell us that last part.
Just another lovely Wisconsin springtime. Maybe I should go to New York....
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Featured Comment by Juan Buhler: "I took the first workshop Peter gave, in Paris in 2003. Even though it was the first time he was doing it, it was a wonderful experience, and I think my photography gained a lot from it. I imagine his workshops are even better now—one of the best ways to spend that money if you care about street photography and like Peter's work."
Mike adds: Strong praise. My regular readers know that Juan, a computer graphics animator who has worked on big animated movies such as Shrek and Ratatouille, is a gifted photographer, one of my favorites.