We now have alternative dates for the creative weekend workshop which will be led by Maria and Paul. The workshop starts on a Friday evening with drinks, nibbles and a guided look at and into the work of various photographers. It then continues over the weekend until 5 pm on Sunday. The usual cost is £200 per person but in our case there would be no venue costs, we would put Maria and Paul up and the fee of £1,000 pounds would be in the range £80 -£100 per person with 12 to 10 members participating.
This represents excellent value for money for a weekend spent in the company of Maria and Paul. We will, of course, seek to ensure that there are no more than 12 members and no less than 10 members on the course.
Maria and Paul run two weekend workshops. Please let us have your preferences for the weekend courses and the alternative dates and please be as flexible as possible. The alternative dates and courses are described below together with a bio for both Maria and Paul.
Alternative Dates in 2020
- April 3, 4 & 5
- May 15, 16 & 17
- May 10, 11 & 12
- May 22, 23 & 24
Workshop 1 - Photography’s Easy – Creativity Isn’t
More photographs are being made today than ever before, but do the makers want to express anything? Do you want to ‘say’ something with your photography? To communicate with a wider audience, other than your friends and relatives? Does the increase in smart phone image making democratise photography or devalue it? And how has the popularity of social media sites influenced the photographic aesthetic? On this workshop you will be guided through a series of presentations and practical exercises designed to help you ditch the photographic cliches and bring out your creativity and unique vision.
Workshop 2 - Seeing Photographically
How we translate the three-dimensional world into an interesting two-dimensional picture is often called the art of photography. It is called seeing photographically or camera vision.
The subject matter is just the starting point. It is the photographic approach that is important – how you orchestrate all those complex elements in front of the camera into an arresting and personally relevant image. Also, what are you trying to reflect in your images? Is it about the place, or a particular style? In other words, will the photographs ‘say’ anything beyond what you see in the viewfinder?
Paul and Maria will explain the importance of framing, lighting, and vantage point to the creative process, and how they relate to their own work. This will also be illustrated by showing images made by other contemporary and historically important photographers.
Paul Hill – photographer, journalist, author and teacher
Born in 1941 in Ludlow, Shropshire, Paul Hill worked as a newspaper reporter from the late 1950s until he became a freelance photographer in 1965. As a photojournalist he worked for the Birmingham Post & Mail, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph Magazine, and the BBC, amongst others. He became a full-time lecturer in photography at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham in 1974 where he was later appointed head of the Creative Photography course, the forerunner to all current student-centred higher education courses in the medium. Another notable achievement around this time was the establishment, with his wife, Angela, of The Photographers’ Place – the UK’s first residential photography workshop - at their Peak District home.
He has exhibited regularly since 1970 throughout the British Isles, Europe, North America, Japan and Australasia and is co- author (with Thomas J. Cooper) of Dialogue with Photography (1979/2005), Approaching Photography (1982/2004), and White Peak Dark Peak (1990) and Corridor of Uncertainty (2010). His work is in the art collections of, amongst others, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford; Arts Council England; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm; Australian National Gallery, Canberra ; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Cleveland Museum of Art in the USA.
A former member of the Arts Council’s first photography committee in the 1970s,he helped set up the trend-setting Derby Festival of Photography in 1991 and was a director of East Midlands Arts for four years during the nineties. A major influence on contemporary British photography, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990 and, four years later, was awarded an MBE by The Queen for services to photography. Between 1995 and 2010 he was a professor at De Montfort University, Leicester, and set up the MA in Photography course in 1996, which was of the first in Britain. Birmingham City Archives, which houses one of the country's major collections of photographs, acquired the Paul Hill/ Photographers’ Place Archive in 2004. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art by Derby University in 2011 and De Montfort University in 2012. ‘Hill tackles life’s big subjects but his approach is oblique, evocative, always pointing beyond, which is why he moves us. If a camera could capture poetry, this might well be what it would look like.’ The Guardian (6th September 2008)
Maria Falconer, photographic practitioner, teacher and writer
Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds a BA Hons. in Dance Theatre (Laban) and an MA in Photographic studies (University of Westminster). A photographic practitioner, teacher and writer, Maria lectures at De Montfort University and also runs photography workshops in Britain and abroad.
Commercially, Maria's specialty is Dance Photography and Videography, producing promotional and editorial material for clients around the UK. Clients include Scottish Dance Theatre, Gary Clarke, Rosie Kay, Ballet Ireland, Dance Base (Scotland's National Centre for Dance), Festival Theatres, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Elsevier Publishing. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Herald and The Scotsman. Maria also runs specialist Dance Photography workshops, delivers presentations to photographic groups and societies, and has written articles for magazines, including the Royal Photographic Society Journal.
Maria's personal photographic projects often draw on her contemporary dance background, using the body and the camera collaboratively as a vehicle to express her ideas and experiences. Her personal projects explore the world around her, often dark, sometimes humorous, always inquisitive.
Maria's photography has been exhibited in the UK, the US, Belgium, Ireland, East Asia and at Arles Photography Festival.
To register your interest for these workshops, please contact the Society via the contact page.