Visualising the Environment
– A Reflective Lens on Environmental Photography
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 workshop assists participants to improve the impact and interpretative power their images. In particular, it explores the visual tensions between aesthetics, ecology and conservation.
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 more effectively develop visual concepts to express ideas that do not necessarily translate to words?
And how can we visualise environmental issues such as climate change that are often abstract and insidious?
These questions and more will be actively explored in the context of participants own interests in environmental photography and the environment more generally.
The workshop is suitable for people with all levels of environmental knowledge and photographic skill (although participants would be expected to know how to operate their cameras).
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