As a partner of BTO (Buy Tourism Online), The Darkroom provided the service of official photographer to the two day event at the Fortezza da Basso, Florence. Students of the professional photography course were invited to undertake a mini-internship at this event to get a flavour of life as a professional photographer.
Ahead of the event, Michele (our teacher) told us very little, with the intention that this experience be a real-life opportunity to test ourselves in a controlled environment. Working as a team, the set-up provided an experience of what it was like to work on site, under pressure, and deliver results to a tight schedule with real deadlines.
For me, the day started at 10:00 am and I arrived at the venue with a fellow student from The Darkroom. We headed straight to the ‘press room’ and found our two coordinators for the day (graduates from last years programme, Virginia and Francesco). No sooner had we dumped our bags then we were off to capture shots of our first event. Virginia and I raced across the venue trying to locate hall number one, which unfortunately for us was the one furthest away from the press room! Once there, we took shots of the Under-Secretary for Tourism along with the other panel speakers, the audience, branding and also the presentation. Following this, it was straight off to the next event to do the same again before capturing the official opening of the event at the Monopoly-themed central seating area.
Only an hour and a half hour after arriving, we sat down with our Macs to import our work into Aperture, upload to a USB drive and pass onto Francesco and ultimately Michele, to upload to the online gallery. For many of us students from the school, this was the first time our work had officially been displayed online and it was very satisfying.
By midday, other students from the school started to arrive so we took the opportunity to grab some lunch with the rest of the team before handing over to the second shift.
The next day in class, we went through the ‘work-flow’ of the event and also the shots taken to receive feedback and learn lessons. My morning at the BTO event offered me an experience of what it is like to be a photographer working as part of a team, under pressure to deliver, and I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed it.