Humans of Startup Weekend Prague
Startup Weekend Prague is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, and business development folks come together to form teams, validate their ideas, build new products and launch startups, all in one weekend. When I heard about this event, I realized that I have to take photos of young people intensively working together for three days striving to make this world a little bit better.
My goal was to capture teams in moments of glory and despair, show life, energy, tension, and real emotions. I'm not a huge fan of artificial stock photos of perfect teams happily working together in a conference room. I did my best to avoid such cliches and still show the beauty of collaboration, synergy, and teamwork.
Moreover, HubHub co-working space is really beautiful, modern and roomy, and I wanted to show this environment in the photos. It was very interesting to play with the reflections and geometry of this space.
It was challenging for me to come very close to the teams and intervene in their personal space. I was taking photos of the teams from very close distance and, obviously, not always people were comfortable with that. However, after 5-10 minutes they would normally forget about me and keep working, I just had to be patient and wait for this moment to start taking photos.
Generally, this project required completely different skills from me as a photographer. Usually, I am working in a photo studio, which means that I can control lights, environment and people in front of me. During the Startup Weekend, I had to wait patiently for the good moments, keep my eyes open trying to find harmony in chaos, and simply change the way I work. It was a very good experience for me and I learned a lot during these three days.