Sept 5th / 6th 2015
Buxton Pavilion Gardens
Photography's Easy - Creativity Isn't!
With Paul Hill and Maria Falconer - Buxton Pavilion Gardens- Sept. 5th and 6th.
In the last 5 years the practice of photography has exploded. In 2014 we uploaded a phenomenal1.8 billion images to social media sites every day. More photographs are being made in one day than in its first 100 years of its history!
The arrival of the digital camera - especially the smartphone - has turned photography on its head. The rapid advance of digital technology has driven prices down and camera capabilities up - making the process of photography affordable and accessible to a much wider public. Today, everyone is a photographer.
But here's the question - How many of these billions of photographs are really of interest? How many are we likely to remember? How many are really creative?
You can't make interesting pictures just by having a decent camera, or by using a scattergun approach to photography. Creativity is not something you can 'add on' like an Instagram filter, and all the post-production in the world can't make a dull photograph engaging.
Creative photography is about seeing, communicating and expressing ideas - It's about going beyond the obvious and making something different. It is about letting go of the clichés, taking risks and exploring new ways to work.
During this weekend workshop in the beautiful and historic spa town of Buxton, Paul and Maria will lead you on an exciting adventure of imaginative image making.
You will be guided through a series of photographic exercises designed to inspire, stimulate and challenge you. And there will be space to experiment with new ideas and approaches in a friendly and supportive environment.
It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or new to the medium, this workshop welcomes a rich mix of enthusiastic participants.
And for those who wish, there will also be an opportunity for feedback on any work that you may like to bring along with you.
The Romans were attracted to Buxton by the warm springs that emerge near the River Wye. They built baths here and for centuries these springs have been a major source of importance and income for the town. On the edge of the Peak National Park, Buxton is full of grand buildings built in the 18th century in an attempt to compete with Bath for spa treatments and leisure. Our workshop will be based in the recently upgraded conference and exhibition centre next to the magnificent 23 acres of gardens established in 1871.
Although probably best known for producing Buxton Water, the town has gained prominence in recent years through its summer international arts festival, and becoming a large campus of the University of Derby.
Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, Paul is the originator of photographic workshops in the UK. An influential teacher, he has published several books and exhibited all over the world.
Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds and MA in Photography, is a qualified teacher and her commercial work has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.
Two day workshop - 9.30 - 5 pm - £145
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If you require accommodation you can find a list on the tourist information site here.
If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact either of us -
Maria - email / mobile 07740 985 887
Paul - email / mobile 07977 700 274
We would be delighted to hear from you.
For a glimpse of how we work - take a look at this short video of our most recent workshop in France!
The Photographers Place 1976 to 1996
The fabled Photographers Place was the first residential photography workshop in Britain and ran in the the Peak District of Derbyshire for 20 years.
The most renowned photographers of that era gave master classes there and many of today‘s contemporary photographers have been influenced by attending those workshops.