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Photography Spring round up

2 Apr 2019


The spring term saw most classes taking place inside, at Pensthorpe, due to the inclement weather. We explored macro and close-up skills as well as undertaking portrait photography workshops. These were great fun and enabled the photographers to achieve a portraits to use for their personal publicity materials. The ‘Get Started’ group did manage to get out and about a couple of times and were delighted to enjoy the wonderful spring details in the gardens. Their challenge this term, was to take a couple of images and edit them 8/9 different ways to create an 8 or 9 image panel. 

The Personal Projects course have been working on a book project – such a nice idea to put a panel/portfolio of images into a book – lovely to share with others. They have also started work on the summer theme which is: Exploring Abstraction Through Photography. In our last session of term, we worked with the theme: ‘cut-up and reassemble your photos’. Our first technique uses three images, cropped to a smaller size and then copy mirror-image to create a textural composite of 3 copies each of each photo. I am sharing the work of Julia Read, whose monochrome composite shows different views of Cromer – so detailed and fun and really gets the viewer engaged and questioning what they are looking at.

Our next technique uses a square crop from the original photo and then four versions of the image rotated and flipped to create a square image that is almost completely abstract. It is hard to tell what the beginning image may have looked like! This is really getting into the spirit of abstract photography. The two images created using this technique are by Julia Read and her black and white Cromer Pier image and Colin Bray’s seaside creation.

Next, we cut an image into triangles and fitted four triangles together to create a diamond shape. Here we have Michael I’Anson’s image that started life as a photo taken on a photoshoot to the North Norfolk Railway in the autumn term. The second diamond image is by Susi Hancock and she has achieved amazing colours and patterns with this technique. Here starting point was flowers in the garden.

Finally, Michael decided to create a further technique cutting his image into lots of shapes and reassembling them to make a star. The starting image was taken on a night shoot on Wiveton Downs where we were experimenting with painting with light techniques. So clever and it shows that there are many ways to cut-up your images and create surprising and interesting images. We look forward to exploring more abstract ideas throughout the next term.

The summer term sees all groups getting out and about again exploring themes such as monochrome beauty, abstraction and ‘A Riot of Colour’. Due to popular request, Julia is running another ‘taster’ course in the summer. Details on the website.

I hope you enjoy our work. Why not visit the new exhibition in the Exhibition Room or experiment with your images. Happy Easter!