One of my favorite photography related youtube channels is Ted Forbes' The Art of Photography. Back in 2015 I saw Ted taking a lesson from John Free. I was fascinated by the passion and enthusiasm John showed in the video and I thought it would be great to meet him one time in person. After 2 years, in January 2017, I finally asked John for a private lesson in Los Angeles and he agreed to meet us in March in Los Angeles. My wife joined me and we went for a short trip to California. Our hotel was located in Venice beach and on Monday March 20th we left pretty early to be on time for our private workshop in downtown Los Angeles. After a 30 min ride we arrived at the grand central market, had a coffee and a cake and at 9:00 AM we finally arrived at the meeting point. We were pretty exited to meet John and his son Scott! Within the first hour Scott and John gave us a short lesson about the history of street photography. We had a conversation about a couple of street photographs and what they mean to them and of course to us. After that we started walking trough downtown. John explained his special approach to street photography and how to capture a meaningful photograph. "No easy shots" he said, and it´s very true. John taught us a lot of things, we enjoyed the time we had together and I hope we will meet again whether it is in Los Angeles or maybe in Berlin for another lesson. So all we can say is thank you John, we had a really great time with you!
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