Testimonials on the IPA Mentorship Program August 12 2014

A selection of Testimonials and Notes from the Participants of the IPA Mentorship Program.
The IPA Mentorship Program is a distance learning photography mentorship initiative by Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) for those who wish to further their personal photographic vision and goals. More info: http://store.invisiblephotographer.asia/products/ipamentorshipprogram
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"I am a workshop junkie. I attend workshops to escape the mundane work life and to sharpen my senses and photographic observations of my surroundings. The IPA mentorship I attended is a whole new way of learning. First of all, by stretching into a 3 months program, each of us was allowed time to experiment and to ‘marinate’ new ideas. Other than the monthly face-to-face group reviews, we can upload our latest developments into the “cloud” - for instant crit and peer review. Kevin, very hands-on and a brilliant teacher, always open to share his deep knowledge and observation. I have also learned a great deal from my peers who joined the program. They have become friends and critics of my work. 

I attended the workshop with an open mind and it has taken my photography to the next level. Towards the end of the workshop, I felt more inspired and much more confident with my photography."
- SHYUE WOON, Malaysia | Mentorship Program 2014

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"My initial intention of joining the mentorship program was to give myself some "reasons" to photograph. It turned out that I have gained more than what I could have possibly imagined. Not only did I get to know more about myself, but I am experiencing the passion again that pushed me to photograph in the first place. Kevin's detailed critiques have always been honest and professional, and have given me something to strive for in my next photo shoot. I really appreciate all that you've shared with us! Thank you Kevin and other participants for a WONDERFUL class. I have learned so much from you guys. You guys have been amazing! I am so going to miss our Google Hangout Session." 
– PETER TEH, Malaysia | Mentorship Program 2014

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"The mentorship program helped me a lot to look at things differently. Having a good mentor like Kevin and seeing how he helped the rest of the participants to improve was an inspiration to me. I learned so much, not only from my mentor, but also fellow participants." 
– AIK BENG CHIA, Singapore | Mentorship Program 2014

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“I’m really glad to have been given a scholarship for IPA’s Mentorship Program. The opportunity helped me rethink how I want to more forward with my photography (from previously just taking pictures I liked, dumping them somewhere, and then moving on). 

I realized, immediately after I got in, that I had a lot of growing up to do in photography. I learned how to plan ahead, curate better, and be consistently tougher on myself. I’m also glad to have met wonderful people who share the same passion. It was fascinating to watch their projects’ progress and see their own motivations and perspectives. On those three months, I left every session inspired and challenged even more.

I recommend this class to anyone who wants to keep learning about photography. Thank you so much IPA for a wonderful learning experience!”
-NIKKA CORSINO, Philippines | Mentorship Program 2014 Alumni

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"Prior to the IPA mentorship, I did not have a project idea in mind and I have never been worked on photography projects before. Kevin didn’t give me a project himself but he guided and suggested what to look at (after seeing my portfolio) and try various approaches (possibilities) during the first month of the program. At first, it was really tough for me as I do not have any formal training. My only passion is to walk on streets and photograph people. My eyes only looked for and chased "street photography". After a month working with Kevin, I slowed down my steps and paid more attention to things I wouldn’t normally "see". I finally decided to photograph my hometown where i have been living for 33 years. Thanks to Kevin's input and suggestion (and patience with me), I am finally doing something that means a lot to me which I took for granted for so many years. Kevin gave honest feedback all the time, I learn a lot from him. I got feedback from all the other participants as well." 
– SCOTT CHUNG, Malaysia | Mentorship Program 2014

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“I feel very privileged to the recipient of the grant sponsorship for the IPA Mentorship Program. The mentorship program has been very instrumental to my development as a photographer. I came to the program hoping to be able to have a better understanding of how to do projects in general.

The discussions that we had at the 4 meetings were really an eye opener for me. The discussions dug deeper than the technical aspect of photography and dwelled on the intentions of the photographer, their feelings and their voice. The feedback given by everyone helped to push me forward in the project and jolted me out of my comfort zone. 

The weekly updates that we posted were always replied with ideas to consider or homework to work on. These helped boost the confidence for a few of us especially with the fear of approaching people to take their photos. Feedback on the project progress was always given after every submission. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the process, I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to pursue long term or short term projects. Photographers who are searching for their photographic voice and anyone who has a deep passion for photography.” 
– ZENG LIWEI, Singapore | Mentorship Program 2014 Alumni

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"I love my camera. I take it with me everywhere, I am constantly taking pictures and I continuously look for ways to improve my photography. I eagerly looked forward to starting the IPA Mentorship with Kevin in May 2014. I sent in my first batch of images and was fascinated with the images shared by my classmates. The classes  are interactive and each participant has an opportunity to share their vision and what they were hoping to convey with each image.  
Everything was going smoothly until I received my first assignment. After the first class I didn’t pick up my camera for two weeks!
I was shell shocked and feeling shaky. I questioned how Kevin was able to effortlessly zoom in on an area in my photography that needed to be strengthened. An area so well hidden, I didn’t even know it existed.
When I finally picked my camera up again, I found the intestinal fortitude to carry out my assignments. I struggled, I bargained, I photographed. After that, each meeting revealed new insights into my work and the work shared by others.
By the end of the class, I had learned so much. I had grown as a photographer. I was once again carrying my camera with me everyday and taking pictures. However now my images are stronger, more focused and tell stories with a keener insight.
I have already told Kevin to look for me next year. I plan to participate in another mentorship program so I can continue to hone my skills.
 ADERONKE BADEMOSI, Bermuda | Mentorship Program 2014 Alumni

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“I was looking to push myself further… not on composition or lighting conditions nor technicalities but to nudge me forward to better understand my work, to critic my work and to produce better edits. Editing in my opinion is the key to any series of work.

My personal observation is that Kevin has been able to mentor and engage participants from various levels of photographic competency and journey to bring about a positive change in their personal work.” 
 JEFFREY LIAM, Malaysia | Mentorship Program 2014 Alumni

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The IPA Mentorship Program is open for intakes every quarter. Registration is available here: http://store.invisiblephotographer.asia/products/ipamentorshipprogram