Suffering from the winter photographic blues ? Then spend a weekend at The Photographers Place to reinvigorate your practical skills and visual ideas. Don’t wait until British Summertime starts or the first daffodils appear to think about your pictures – immerse yourself in the unique Photographers’ Place experience that has inspired British photographers since 1976.
Special guest will be JOHN BLAKEMORE who is renowned for his beautifully crafted landscapes and still-lives.
Teaching sessions will include how to get the most out of your equipment, whether film or digital; Feedback on your recent or past work from an aesthetic as well as from a technical perspective; How to get your work exhibited and put into book form and by request an advanced Adobe Lightroom session. The cost of the weekend is £300, which includes accommodation and meals (see booking form). We are offering a discount to LIP members, please contact us for details.
There is an interesting interview with John about his work here. John Blakemore is a renowned British landscape and still life photographer and print maker, and one of our most influential practitioners. His work aims to show the elegance and beauty and the essential mystery of nature. He works simply but intensively, producing immaculate prints with a great intensity and inner spirituality.
John first led legendary workshops with Paul Hill at The Photographers’ Place in Derbyshire in the 1980s and 0s. He is an undisputed master of workshop photography teaching. Many thousands of photographers have attended his workshops over the years, and he has had a huge influence on a generation of photographers.
John was born in Coventry. He discovered photography during National Service with the Royal Air Force in Tripoli in the 1950s and is self-taught. Wartime childhood experiences and Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man exhibition inspired him initially on his return home to photograph the people of Coventry and its post-war reconstruction as a freelance, working first for Black Star, and then in a variety of studios.
John is Emeritus Professor of Photography at the University of Derby, where he has taught from 1970 to the present day. He won the Fox Talbot Award for Photography in 1992, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1998. John has exhibited all over the world, and his work is in many of the finest art collections worldwide.
Much of his work has been in black and white, making use of the zone system, and with much darkroom work on his fine prints. His work includes landscape and still life, including Stilled Gaze, an extraordinary body of work with tulips – symbols of sensuality and elegance – that John worked on for nine years, mostly in his kitchen using available light. John is celebrated for detail, texture and tonal richness of his work which he has taken into working in colour in recent years.
His books include John Blakemore, British Image 3 (1977), Spirit of Place: Photographs in Wales, 1971–78 (1979), Inscape (1991), Stilled Gaze (1994) and John Blakemore’s Black and White Photography Workshop (2005).
A quote from John: “To photograph and re-photograph is essential if one is to move beyond initial assumptions of what images a particular subject may yield. It is through these practices, and not through the acquisition of the latest camera or gadget, that your photography will develop.”
John has vast knowledge and experience, and a unique insight into the art of photography, so this workshop talk will be a rare privilege of a portal to the thought patterns of a master – to hear him share his explorations into the creative and the technical processes involved in his image making.