February 2010

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Whatever one’s photographic experience, at some time we all have passed into photography through the doorway of the snapshot. Its power in catching the narrative, documenting a moment, or expressing an emotion in an instant, almost void of any technical or formal perfection has allowed for a photographic ‘democracy’ to all who pick up a camera. In this series of workshops we will use the informal nature of the snapshot to serve as a vehicle to promote and explore concept and interpretation. Uncovering what is your own visual identity, isolating the voice that makes a body of work original. Through exercises exploring aesthetic and analytic photography, concept generation and story telling, and the importance of the edit and presentation of one’s work, you will examine what your components of visual voice are and how you can express what it is you see or believe to your audience. Students are asked to bring 10 – 15 unbound samples of personal work for a presentation on the first day.

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This course is aimed at people who may be new to photography or new to London. During the course your classroom will be the City of London, where you will explore the workings of your camera while daily photographing a theme. Each day will include an introductory talk and technical seminar followed by a field trip to put into practice the skills learned. This course will not include any darkroom practice, so students are asked to budget for their own developing costs, as well as a travel card to cover visits around London. On the first day students are asked to bring in ten examples of past snapshot photographs (mistakes encouraged) for discussion and critique. Locations will include places where we can explore the following photography topics; people and portraiture, architecture and the urban landscape, nature, travel.

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Photographers’ London – Class of Winter 2010.

Just completed my Photographers’ London short course at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. What a fabulous group! A good mix from all sorts of professional and cultural backgrounds and diverse skill levels created a good mix for learning and talent sharing. As a lecturer and course designer I am always left thinking at the end of each workshop about just how much I take away from the experience. Each workshop seems to get better and better …. and I feel completely blessed.

One thing I will take away from this workshop is a discussion I had with a student about the importance of being current. In photography there is so much to be current about. Changing trends, evolving artists, industry standards and practices, online resources for the evolving artist/ photographer. The list is rich and grows daily. And the more on offer, the more students absorb and use it.

This made me think about the importance of the role of lecturers as information messengers or conduits. Only five years ago it was about knowledge of good technical books to have on offer for students, but now it is so much more about websites, social networks, online and offline galleries and most recent – apps. In photography the student bar has been raised from learning the technical to exhibiting that knowledge in the form of produced work. Social networks have been the most immediate exhibition galleries for many students, their first line of contact in the show and tell of work. I have always been an advocate of the release of one’s work into the universe and this practice keeps the creative process alive. The shelf life of the photographic/ educational practice remains open and that is instrumental in the act of creating and learning. Thankfully social networks have accommodated this for the student.

Web resources have also been prolific in establishing additional learning resources and assisted in the pace of which students learn. I have found that taking students to current photography websites and photographer’s portfolios has allowed comparison and in that established a dialogue to talk about the work. This interaction – talking about pictures – stitches together the gap between technical and creative…. it gives students dimension to what is possible.

As a lecturer, listening to students and taking the pulse of one’s courses is invaluable in the growth of teaching and improving the workshops.  Something worth knowing. Or is it learning?

Easter Courses available at CSM


Art of the Snapshot

Photographers’ London


One of my stock images turns up in Arts Council England.

Lovely little tool to understand DOF

DOF Calculator