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Introduction to Abstract Photography Workshop

Tutor: Eva Kalpadaki
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next dates: Sunday 25 November 2018

What does this workshop cover?

Explore the freedom and mindfulness of photography by putting into practice some of the basic principles of abstract photography. Looking at tips and techniques through the work of key photographers you will be inspired to develop a creative photographic eye.

This workshop aims to encourage students to flirt with everyday life - with what we see and already know. We will be challenged to go beyond our limits, exploring what’s hidden behind what we normally see, reaching beyond ‘everyday’ vision through photography.

Taking photographs can become a very creative process once we stop thinking about the ‘how to’ and start to look at the world afresh.  And we can express ourselves through an individual way of ‘seeing’. Being mindful and paying attention to unnoticeable things around us can improve our photography skills, investing them with greater visual significance. It will also challenge our thinking about what photography is.

Suitable for all levels.

Camera guidelines

All types of cameras with a Manual Shooting Mode (M) are suitable for this course. This includes compact point and shoot cameras, bridge and mirrorless cameras as well as DSLRs. As long as your camera has manual functions, then you are good to go. You can even bring a film camera if you want to experience the analogue way of taking photographs.

If you do not have a camera already and you are interested in buying one, then go to a shop and try out a number of cameras that are available.  You might want to think about the following questions:  Does it feel good in your hands? Is it light or heavy? Does it have a good grip when you hold it to shoot? What is the menu system like? Easy and clear to navigate or very complex? Consider your photography needs and your budget and buy a camera that feels good to hold and easy to use.​

About the tutor

Eva Kalpadaki was born in Greece. After she was awarded a Greek State Foundation scholarship she moved to UK to complete a PhD in Arts and Communication at UCA. She is a qualified teacher holding a PGCE teaching certificate from the University of Brighton. She is currently working as a fine art photographer and photography tutor. In her artistic practice she is not using the photographic medium to produce a record and a document of the world, which is what we usually expect to see in a photograph. She is using it to question the nature of photography and to cause a tension in what we are looking at. She is playing between representation and abstraction. She was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008 exhibition among numerous solo and group shows. www.playingandreality.co.uk

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