PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – Visualising the Environment

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Visualising the Environment

Photographic images shape perceptions and the ways in which we understand the environment.

This highly interactive workshop explores a wide range of environmental themes through an illustrated seminar, active discussion, image critique, demonstration of techniques and a practical field trip. It goes beyond the literal representations of ‘nature photography’ to address the thought processes behind creating compelling and meaningful images and visual stories.

The role of images is rapidly changing in the age of digitization, social media and mass dissemination. What makes some images convincing and others banal? How can we visualise environmental issues such as climate change that are often abstract and insidious? And how can images convey not just scientific concepts and improve environmental literacy, but also evoke an environmental ethic?

These questions and more will be actively explored in the con-text of participants own interests in environmental photography and the environment more generally.

DATE: Saturday 9 March 2024

PLACE: Bonnie Doon Community Centre, 75 Arnot St, Bonnie Doon Vic 3720

TIME: 10:00am – 4pm

PRICE: $80 per person, including lunch

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PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – Focus on Trees

Focus on Trees – Tree Photography Workshop

Large old trees are vital keystone structures in rural and urban landscapes. However, the value of these trees is often overlooked in planning such as road and fire management. Documenting these trees visually is important both as a scientific record and in drawing attention to their significance and conservation.

This workshop specifically focuses on assisting participants to improve both their technical and creative skills in photographing trees. Tree photography provides many challenges and each of these will be discussed and techniques for overcoming them demonstrated throughout the workshop.

This is a very hands-on, interactive workshop combining theoretical, critique and practical sessions. It begins with a discussion of participants’ interest in photographing trees as well as any challenges or issues they may have experienced. This is followed by a session where participants’ pre-submitted images will be constructively critiqued by the group (during which participants are free to remain anonymous), followed by a field trip to put techniques into practice.

 

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FULL BOOKED

DATE: Friday 15 March 2024

PLACE: Heathcote

TIME: 10:00am – 4pm

PRICE: Free to attend but bookings essential

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BOOK TALK – Underground Lovers

BOOK TALK – UNDERGROUND LOVERS

The Kingdom Fungi is a kingdom of conundrums. Once overlooked, fungi are the exhilarating new poster organisms reconfiguring our understanding of the natural word and capturing the public imagination.

Underground Lovers is a captivating journey into the sensory realms of fungi. It’s told through first-hand stories – from the Australian desert to Iceland’s glaciers to America’s Cascade Mountains – we encounter glowing ghost fungi and the enigma of the lobster mushroom.

The book presents new questions and insights about fungi but is also an intimate celebration of their astonishing beauty and complexity. The author melds science and personal reflection to explore overlooked themes, among them ­– fungi and fire, fungi and climate change, fungi and aesthetics, fungi in ecosystem restoration, fungi and indigenous wisdom.

Underground lovers brings us down to earth, and deeper. We’ll dwell with fungal allies and aliens, discover how fungi hold forests together, and why humans are deeply intwined with these unruly renegades of the subterrain.

What can we learn from the lives of fungi? Underground Lovers brings us to our knees, magnifier in hand, to find out.

This talk is part of the Writers at the Woolshed Literature Festival.

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SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2024

CSU Riverina Playhouse Theatre, 8 Cross Street, Wagga Wagga

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WORKSHOP: Introduction to Fungi

WORKSHOP: Introduction to the Kingdom Fungi

It seems we are in something of a fungal turn. Once overlooked, fungi are the exhilarating new poster organisms reconfiguring our understanding of the natural word and capturing the public imagination.

Although little known, the roots of almost every plant in the Australian landscape are intimately entwined with fungi. These clandestine relationships extend beyond trees to include every orchid and most shrubs and grasses. Symbioses are the secret to success in our highly variable climate and nutrient-deficient soils.

In this highly interactive introductory workshop you’ll get to experience a range of fungi from the local region and learn about their fascinating ecology, life histories and cultural significance.

Don’t forget to bring along your mushroom specimens for identification.

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DATE: WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 2024

TIME: 12:00 midday – 3:30pm

VENUE: Environmental Learning Facility, Orange Showground Leeds Parade, Orange NSW 2800, Australia.

COST: $30-

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WORKSHOP: What’s that Fungus?

What’s that Fungus?

Fungi are diverse and widespread. They’ve managed to colonise almost every habitat on earth. Where do we begin to get to know them and how do we differentiate one from another?

This workshop introduces to participants to a range of fungi from the local region and beyond. Taking a multisensory approach (using sight, touch and smell), we’ll work through various fungus specimens and the basic diagnostic features that are used to identify them.

Don’t forget to bring along your mushroom specimens for identification.

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DATE: THURSDAY 2 MAY 2024

TIME: 6pm–8pm

VENUE: Environmental Learning Facility, Orange Showground Leeds Parade, Orange NSW 2800, Australia.

COST: $30-

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WORKSHOP: Fungi in Focus

Focus on Fungi

Photographs of fungi are an important part of learning to identify fungi, and also for documenting their whereabouts.

Online platforms such as Fungimap, iNaturalist and the Atlas of Living Australia are great resources of images of fungi to which the public can contribute.

What are the important aspects of a mushroom to capture and how do we deal with tricky lighting and other challenges in the field?

In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn how to photograph fungi in different contexts to capture both their scientific and aesthetic contexts, as well as the use of photography in biodiversity monitoring.

Following an interactive indoor session, the afternoon will be spent in the field finding fungi putting techniques into practice.

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DATE: FRIDAY 3 MAY 2024

TIME: 9am–3:30pm

VENUE: Environmental Learning Facility, Orange Showground Leeds Parade, Orange NSW 2800, Australia and field trip at Mt Canobolas.

COST: $50-

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WORKSHOP: Fungi in Focus

Focus on Fungi

Photographs of fungi are an important part of learning to identify fungi, and also for documenting their whereabouts.

Online platforms such as Fungimap, iNaturalist and the Atlas of Living Australia are great resources of images of fungi to which the public can contribute.

What are the important aspects of a mushroom to capture and how do we deal with tricky lighting and other challenges in the field?

In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn how to photograph fungi in different contexts to capture both their scientific and aesthetic contexts, as well as the use of photography in biodiversity monitoring.

Following an interactive indoor session, the afternoon will be spent in the field finding fungi putting techniques into practice.

For further workshops please click here.

DATE: SATURDAY 4 MAY 2024

TIME: 9am–3:30pm

VENUE: Environmental Learning Facility, Orange Showground Leeds Parade, Orange NSW 2800, Australia and field trip at Mt Canobolas.

COST: $50-

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