Over a glass of wine, Jonathan began by talking us through his work, his influences and a bit more about the food and still life photography genre. Frantically scribbling notes, I had a long list of painters and photographers to google further.
The next morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (after a coffee) we hit Ridley Road Market, to photograph stalls, produce - whatever caught our eye - and to buy food to photograph the following day back in the studio.
Over a delicious Turkish lunch at Mangal in Dalston, the eight of us on the class got to know each other better. Some worked as photographers already, for others it was a hobby to explore further.
Being outside, in the fresh air, somewhere completely new just felt invigorating. I felt excited to sit down and look through my pictures back at the gallery later that day.
Exhausted but inspired, I couldn't wait for Day 2 in the studio.