May 7th / 8th 2016
Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle
Every Picture tells a Story!
With Paul Hill and Maria Falconer - Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle - May 7th and 8th.
Based at Ouseburn Farm , this workshop explores the art of story telling with a camera.There are many different ways to tell a story through photographs, and this weekend workshop will guide you through some of the technical and aesthetic possibilities, whilst giving you space, time, and the creative stimulus to explore new ways of working. As well as helping you construct a narrative with your photographs, Paul and Maria will explain various approaches and techniques to tell stories they have employed in their own work. They will also be showing images made by other contemporary image-makers, as well as historically important photographers
Whether you prefer photographing the landscape or people, abstract or documentary, Paul and Maria will lead you on a photographic journey of discovery
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.
Here at The Ouseburn Valley - situated close to the centre of Newcastle and just a 15 minute walk from the iconic BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art - there are stories aplenty.
You will see evidence of the 'old' and the 'new', the natural and the man-made, and how people and nature have changed the valley beneath Byker Bridge.
And the farm brings a little of the countryside and nature into what is now a largely post-industrial urban environment.
Over the last twenty years, the area has risen from dereliction, becoming a major hub of creative enterprise with a thriving, diverse social scene and where award winning eco-buildings sit alongside gems of the Industrial Revolution. The farm sits in the centre of the area and is an ideal base to explore its' many facets.
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.
This is what the UK's best selling photo magazine Digital Camera wrote in 2015:
An eminent photographer, teacher and workshop pioneer, Paul Hill witnessed many of the major changes that transformed British photography in the 20th century, and works to help students develop their own vision: "to say something rather than just show something," he says'.
Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds and MA in Photography, and is a qualified teacher.
Her work has been shown at Arles Photography Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, ThePrintSpace Photovoice awards London, FORMAT Photography Festival, DanceMoves in New Jersey and at the Lightmoves Dance Film festival in Limerick.
Her specialist dance photography has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.
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If you require accommodation I'm afraid we can't offer any personal recommendations (as we haven't done a workshop in this area before), but the tourist information site has a search facility here.
If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact either of us -
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.