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Abstract Photography Course

Tutor: Eva Kalpadaki
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next start date:  Tuesday evening, 02 May 2017

What does the course cover?

This experimental course will encourage students to adopt a playful approach to all the stages in making an image. It will inspire you to engage in photography in a free and unobstructed manner.

Using the tool of mindfulness students will be given guidance to explore new creative avenues through the principles of abstract photography by being open to observe themselves and the world during the creative process.

Taking photographs can become a very mindful and immersive experience once we stop thinking about the ‘how to’ and start to look at the world afresh.  And we can express ourselves through an individual way of ‘seeing’.  Paying attention to unnoticeable things around us can improve our photography skills, investing them with greater visual significance. It can also challenge our thinking about what photography is.

Each week we will be introducing a new theme to work on and play with, which will be based on a particular style and movement of photographic abstraction following its historical development with examples from the beginnings of 20th century through to contemporary works.

We will cover the following topics:

Week1 – First Steps in Photography (Looking curiously at the world - Playing with images)
            – Reality and Surreality (Unconscious Exploration, Previsualisation)             
Week2 – Compositional Abstraction (Mindful Seeing)
            – Subjective Vision, Photography as Metaphor (Mindful Thinking)
Week3 – Generative Reality (Thinking in a programme)
Week4 – Photography as Idea / Photography as Object (Conceptual Thinking)
Week5 – Empty Space (Photographing 'Nothing')
Week6 – Semiotics of photographic abstraction (Summing Up)

This course is suitable for all levels.

General Outline of a Lesson Plan

Each session consists of two parts.
In Part 1 we are looking at each others' photographs engaging in creative dialogue, critical discussions and constructive feedback.

In Part 2 we are looking at important photographers as examples of new techniques and working methods to follow and get inspired by in developing our own ideas during our homework.

Practice is done as homework on a specific theme in between weeks and is discussed in Part 1 of each session.

About the tutor

Eva Kalpadaki was born in Greece. After she was awarded a Greek State Foundation scholarship she moved to UK to complete a PhD in Arts and Communication at UCA. She is a qualified teacher holding a PGCE teaching certificate from the University of Brighton. She is currently working as a fine art photographer and photography tutor. In her artistic practice she is not using the photographic medium to produce a record and a document of the world, which is what we usually expect to see in a photograph. She is using it to question the nature of photography and to cause a tension in what we are looking at. She is playing between representation and abstraction. She was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008 exhibition among numerous solo and group shows. www.playingandreality.co.uk

twitter : @abstractionista


Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/eva_kalpadaki/

Camera guidelines

Ideally, an SLR (digital if you want digital, film if you want film) is the best type of camera  if you want to really explore, or  just experiment with photography. There are non-SLR compact digital cameras nowadays that take very good quality pictures but certain key features are limited and therefore limit the photographers capacity to be more creative. However, abstract photography can be done with any camera, even iphone cameras or with your ipad.


Here you can listen to the experience that four of our recent students had in this course.