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).
Participant Requirements for workshop:
Participants will require their own cameras. For the critique session, submit two images in advance of the workshop (on booking, further details will be forwarded).
Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear for the field trip. If the temperature reaches 37, we will have to remain indoors.
Maximum Participants: 18 participants
Cost: $40 Landcare Members (please indicate your Landcare Group on booking), $60 Non-Members
Lunch: Lunch and morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Water will be provided at Cussen Park.
The workshop will involve a field trip at Cussen Park, Tatura.
About the Presenter:
Alison Pouliot, BSc Hons (zoology), BA (philosophy), PhD (ecology). I am an ecologist and environmental photographer and have presented over 300 fungus workshops, forays and seminars in Australia and internationally. I greatly enjoy working with people from all walks of life to better understand and appreciate the environment and environmental issues. More information can be found at www.alisonpouliot.com