Photography and the Creative Mind
BLACK&WHITE in VENICE
The darkening of the light
photo Ruth Dunsby
'By becoming aware of the present moment, the ordinary can become extraordinary'
This is the fourth workshop in the series 'Photography and The Creative Mind', where the emphasis is less about the medium itself and more about what it is to be a photographer.
Do you know Venice? That most beautiful of cities that is embedded with history and atmosphere.
It is a city unlike any other, and our photographic adventure there in winter when the light prepares to leave us for a while, will throw us into its mysteries and leave us vulnerable to its beguiling charms and dark secrets. A weekend of submission to her low shifting light and haunted streets, where we tell and share our photographic stories of this jewel of a City, and for the briefest of moments, freezing time in its endless beauty.
It is a journey into a fascinating realm and also a journey into ourselves where we become mere sounding boards to the shapes, vibrance and splendid loneliness of this unique City
Our Photography Retreats are designed to excite you, awaken you, and to remind you that a camera is just a machine. And that photography is essentially about your mind; how you perceive yourself and the world outside of you.
Michael Eldridge is a painter and a photographer who now lives, works and teaches in Italy.
In the 80's and 90's, together with his friend and colleague Tony Maestri, he established an extraordinary Photographic course in the School of photography at the Bournemouth College of
Art (now Arts University Bournemouth) which inspired, and transformed the lives of, a whole generation of student photographers.
Life has moved on of course and in this digital age of rapid information sharing there is little time to stand and stare, and it is this relationship with time that Michael wants to discuss and explore once more during this weekend. The challenge of this workshop is to take a fresh look at our understanding of creativity and what is required to construct a photographic image when sentient to one's surroundings.
This workshop is open to everybody who has a fascination for photography and an adventurous spirit. You can bring any form whatever of digital photographic image making device.
It is the time of the darkening of the light when the City throws deepening shadows and reveals the secrets it has kept from the tourists who have thronged the streets and now are absent. It is a magical time.
Smartphones, pads, fixed lens or SRL's. ALSO bring your laptops if you can.
But the most important thing is to bring yourselves.
The Workshop is from Friday 5 pm to Monday lunchtime, December 1 to 4, 2017
How to book and travel
Flight possibilities: Ryanair flights from Stansted to Treviso then bus to Venice
EasyJet from Gatwick to Venice, Monarch also from Gatwick and many other options
Tuition E185, early bird E160 (by September 30)
Early booking recommended as currently flights are cheap, B&B too
group size limited to twelve, so early booking recommended