Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Photo Workshops this Summer

I’ll be running a lot of photography workshops/courses over the summer. Every Tuesday in June and July. The Morning workshops are designed as a basic introduction to digital photography; learning to gain control over your camera, shutter speeds, aperture, iso, flash etc, setting it up for optimum quality under any given lighting, and making better pictures through composition. The Afternoon sessions are based around photographing landscape and the natural environment. This workshop is designed for someone who has a basic knowledge of how to use their camera but now wants to experience the natural landscape in a personal and creative way.

On Wednesday July 22nd I’m doing a special one day workshop exploring triptychs and the constructed image. I’ll will be using historic and contemporary examples and sharing my own experience in this one day workshop. A basic knowledge and experience of using your own digital camera is required for this day. A detailed itinerary for the workshop will be available soon. See my website for details:

Also I’ll be leading, with Caroline Preston a couple of residential courses, developing and exploring photographic techniques, at Beaford Arts. The first one’s for school years 9-11 and starts 10:00 Thursday 30th - 16:00 Friday 31st July and the second is for school years 6-8 and starts 10:00 Monday 3rd - 16:00 Tuesday 4th August. Details are here: also whilst you’re there check out my pages as a Beaford Artist: and: thanks to Jane at Beaford for these!

Talking of which I’ll also be having an exhibition of current work there during the last week of July and the first week of August. And I’ll be running some very special workshops for adults at Beaford over the weekend of 1st and 2nd August, I haven’t fully planned it yet, but think camera-less, so if there’s anything you’d like me to cover let me know; details will arrive here as soon as it’s all finalised.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Art Trek

Suddenly I’m a lot busier than I was, fitting in 2½ days teaching at East Devon College in Tiverton, I’ve lapsed in my blog writing. Neither have I made many new images recently, of the large ‘art’ variety, as my best camera lens is being repaired. But I see this summer as a very creative time.

On Thursday 28th May I’ll be promoting Art Trek on the quay, under canvas, at the Appledore Visual Arts Festival. Art Trek for real starts three weeks later and I’ll be based at Broomhill Sculpture Park between Barnstaple and Muddiford making camera-less images. This will be the first time that I have used traditional photographic chemicals and paper for eight years and it will be fascinating to see what I can make from the leaves I find in Broomhill's wonderful gardens. This will be a taste of the Year of the Artist residency I did with an Arts Council grant in 2001. I’ll be next to the Broomhill Stables (which will house North Devon Art’s Square Picture Show) on the 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th June 2009.

Whilst preparing for this residency I came across a whole load of unfinished work that I made in 2001 at the National Forest in Leicestershire. I had been making so many new pieces during the Year of the Artist residency that most of them had never been constructed together and mounted; I had quickly moved onto other things in 2001. these ‘old’ new pieces will be shown whilst I’m at Broomhill, one of them will also be show in the Queens theatre Café Gallery, Barnstaple, during June.

I had hoped to do some workshops during the Tuesdays of Art Trek, but I’m now committed to teaching in Tiverton. However if the interest is there, I’ll be happy to do something like this later in the summer.