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Stories We Tell: Online Photography Workshop with Pierre Bureau

Stories We Tell, Photography Workshop, Pierre Bureau, Poplar Union, free photography project, poplar, tower hamlets
Stories We Tell, Photography Workshop, Pierre Bureau, Poplar Union, free photography project, poplar, tower hamlets

Stories We Tell is an inclusive participatory photography project to enable local people with little or no experience of photography to develop the skills necessary to create and share reflections of their own community. After the success of this course over the pandemic, Pierre has received funding to facilitate another 8-week online course.

What to expect

Stories We Tell is an inclusive 8-week online photography project facilitated by local photographer, Pierre Bureau, to give those wanting to develop their photography skills within a supportive and friendly group.

This third edition of Stories We Tell will be an opportunity for local people to share their vision of a better world. Each week, you will be given a theme or task and then meet the group every week online to discuss what they’ve been working on. Pierre will then advise and guide you to progress your photography techniques.

No need for a fancy camera – just a smart phone camera or tablet will do the job! If you can’t commit to the whole 8 weeks, that’s totally fine. Just book the dates you can make. To book the 8-week course, just select Monday 6 February in checkout and this will give you access to all sessions. Pierre will create a WhatsApp group for all participants to join. If you’re happy to be part of this group, please provide Pierre with your phone number at the first session.

Please note, this course will take place on Zoom. You must book in advance so you receive the log in details in good time. If you have any questions about how the course will run, please email pierre@mindfulphotolab.com.

About Pierre Bureau

Stories We Tell, Photography Workshop, Pierre Bureau, Poplar Union, free photography project, poplar, tower hamlets

I’m a photographer and workshop facilitator living in East London. My photographs have been published in The Guardian, the BBC, Geographical, and in 2020 I’ve been shortlisted for The Wellcome Photography Prize. As a photographer who is passionate about human resilience and compassion, I’m helping find solutions through doing photography workshops using photography to explore the poetics of daily life in a playful way and challenges our fears and anxieties.

Website | @Mindfulphotolab


This workshop is truly amazing! It sparks your creativity and feels very inclusive. Thank you Poplar Union and Pierre for putting it on, lockdown n°2 would have been much harder without it!” – Stephanie (@stephaniepochet)

Pierre’s workshop has helped me to rediscover the immense beauty of my surroundings, even in the “pressure cooker” of this global pandemic. The practical tips he shared each week made it fun and easy to capture such beauty. I really loved the final assignment whereby we presented a personal story using a select few photographs. It really helped me to see myself, the man behind the camera, in an entirely new way. This workshop has shown me that Pierre is not only a very skilled photographer and teacher, but a man who absolutely loves people! Thank you for sharing your passion with us, Pierre!” – Kenny

The photography workshop became my ‘lifeline’ during lockdown, giving my daily walks both purpose and energy and enabling me to ‘see’ London in a totally different way.” – Paula

Each week we had a new challenging assignment that was exciting. Our group was very friendly and I appreciated your way of teaching and your patience. I was scared during the pandemic but meeting once a week and taking photographs calmed my mind. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience.” – Kaniz

I  just completed a workshop with Pierre. He is a fantastic tutor. He explains things very well and with such enthusiasm, that you feel really inspired and encouraged by him. His passion comes through so much and he includes everyone in the group, giving us all an opportunity to share, in a non rushed way. Pierre has taught us about different techniques and ideas which have really helped us all become creative with our shots. I will never forget the tips he has given me and I’m hoping he does more workshops/courses, so I can learn even more. Thank you Pierre.” – Carol