The Infinite Possibilities of Photography and Personal Expression
Do you want to challenge the way you make images?
Perhaps you are frustrated that other photographers are seeing things that you don’t
Maybe you feel unsatisfied that your images look similar to everyone else’s
Or you might be struggling to develop a visual style that you can call your own
Imagine how you would feel if you could:
Have a toolset that allows you to visually explore subjects in new ways
Understand the “why” behind your images
Take a more varied and creative approach to how you output your images
Welcome to our new online workshop, ‘The Vision’.
The Vision is an online workshop from Rob Knight and Matt Parker that helps you challenge your approach to making images and gives you new approaches to adopting a freeer, more creative approach to photography.
What makes this workshop different is that we focus on the why as much as the how. There is plenty of teaching on how to make your images technically perfect. But there is little that covers the approach and the intent of image making. The Vision fills this gap.
“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.” – Malcolm Gladwell
"It was relaxed and thought provoking discussion, suggesting new ideas to consider, alternative ways to consider things (be it right or wrong) and generated good discussion." - Euan Ross (Biblioscapes)
The course will help to develop your understanding, ability and confidence to express yourself and find your own creative voice. Be that landscape, abstract, expressive or any others means / form of photography. Ultimately, it's about seeing with your own mind and eye, creating in a way that is free and playful, innovative, and open, expressive, and authentic whilst still retaining purpose and creative intent.
Why mindfulness is an important approach to vision (and how adopt without changing the way you live life)
6 simple exercises to change the way you look at any subject
How to make the most of small horizons
How to create worthwhile images even when you are feeling uninspired
The secret to understanding what you see in a successful image
3 types of image output most people have never tried before
Why a panel can say so much more than a single image
The importance of applying deconstruction to your images (and other peoples’)
How to set yourself a meaningful path for your image making going forward
3-stage simplification: a process for creating more powerful images
The course is for anyone working digitally or analogue, with a camera or with a smartphone, who has an interest in exploring their own creative pathway and understanding a little more about their own creative motivations and intent...... the why of photography.
It is for anyone who wants to reflect on and to understand better how to develop their creative potential through the considered approach of thinking about their work, being playful, creative and reflecting on what photography means to them personally as a means to express themselves.
Beware! This course is not for everyone....
It’s not for those who are only interested in producing images that comply with camera club rules
It’s not for those who don’t want to spend a little time each week pushing their boundaries and trying out some new ideas
And it’s not for those who aren’t prepared to work in a supportive group environment
But if you are looking for inspiration on how to start exploring your subjects in new visual ways and to broaden the horizons of your image making, this workshop could be just what you need.
"I loved every aspect of the workshop and the amount of effort that Rob obviously put into the creation and running of the course was extraordinary. I loved the fact that everyone was encouraged to participate - which cannot have been easy because we all came with different requirements. I loved the fact that you changed tack after the first group session to make sure things were more time limited and comprehensively covered. In other words you flexed to the needs of the course and participants. In the future just carry on I would say." - Paul Gotts
The workshop will utilise different models of learning including:
"Rob was able to draw on a wide range of experience and reference sources. He is also very relaxed and encouraging of people to find their own way
On completion of the workshop each participant will receive a summary of their development. Each
participant can (if requested) be issued with a digital credential to demonstrate workshop participation.
On completion of this workshop, you will be able to:
Adopt a more playful approach to your photography
Develop an explorative mindset to subjects
Embrace a wide variety of visual approaches
Create new interpretations of images through a variety of post-processing techniques
Apply your learning to the creation of alternative approaches to a given subject
Reflect on and explain the intent behind your work
This new and exciting workshop will be offered online and delivered via our
dedicated online learning platform, video live group sessions and innovative collaboration tools where we will facilitate an engaging, positive and challenging learning environment for all participants.
‘The Vision' has been designed to work effectively as a stand-alone workshop, but may be taken and
linked alongside our innovative and highly regarded, ‘The Sequence’, 'The Project', The Word and the future ,’The Book’ workshop.
Whilst all workshops work well individually and in any order the participant may wish to consider them as a photography and personal development learning pathway that we guarantee will deliver results and put you on the right track for many years of personal explorations with your photography and creativity.
"I learned a huge amount from Rob, as always, and am always in awe of his vision and perceptions." - Claire Carroll
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan
Rob has been a professional photographer and educator for over 25 years, he's exhibited solo at the esteemed Joe Cornish Gallery in North Yorkshire and the Patchings Art Centre in Nottingham.
Rob is a visual storyteller who explores ideas and concepts over longer form, often projects over many months and even years like his 'Dark Visions' and current ongoing 'Ardnamurchan Spirit' projects.
Rob has produced and released a number of books & zines, including 'Dark Visions', 'Ardnamurchan: pt.1' and 'Life's and Ocean' and is currently working on two new zines; 'Intertidal' to support his recent project and one in conjunction with Scunthorpe United Football Club. He has a series of new books in planning as a box set to bring his 'Ardnamurchan Spirit' work to completion in a few years time.
Rob's an experienced teacher, coach and mentor; he's an accredited Adobe Education Trainer, Microsoft Certified Educator and has undertaken extensive professional development training to support his teaching practice.
Rob has a long-established professional background in education and learning at both degree and master's level.
Rob is the organiser of the #Connected Exhibition and also facilitator of two arts and wellbeing photography groups; 'The Image Club' for the Royal Derby and Sheffield Northern General Hospitals.
Hear Rob's Biblioscapes Interview: In Discussion with Rob Knight - Biblioscapes
Hear Rob's Sunny16 Music & Photography Podcast interview: Sunny 16 Presents Podcast - Music and Photography #13 Rob Knight | Free Listening on Podbean App
"Wasn't too prescriptive, knew when to let us do our own thing but also asked some really important questions to make us think about our own work and processes and encouraged conversation and critique among the group." - Chris Dale
Matt Parker is a photographer and digital artist living in Wiltshire. He has featured in a number of galleries and exhibitions and he has published three zines of his work.
Matt specialises in making artworks from everyday details that are often overlooked and reimagining how we see them. He enjoys playing with texture, colour and a sense of scale to create an image that celebrates the original subject whilst encouraging the viewer see it in a new light.
Most of his images are made as close to home as possible. This is both to minimise his impact on the environment and also to show what can be found locally.
Matt is an experienced teacher and mentor. He has trained in brain friendly learning and mindfulness.
See Matt’s work and read his blog at: https://www.theworldofmattparker.com
Hear Matt talk about his work on the Biblioscapes podcast at: https://biblioscapes.com/in-discussion/matt-parker
"I like and appreciate that Rob is very clear in what he says and has a very easy and relaxed manner. At no time was I made to feel that I wasn't an equal member of the group and my opinions/contributions were as valuable as everyone else's. This is a skill not all trainers possess." - Celia Waldron
Each week of the five week course will be a mixture of 1to1 sessions online, reading and reflective comment / discussion in the learning portal, live online group discussion sessions and reflective sessions to explore your own creative development and group collaboration across the course. Weeks two and three will be intense enough to develop your thinking and as a group challenge everyone to collaborate and discuss individual approaches to working on developing their working practices and reflecting on the journey to understand more about our personal motivations and whys? of photography. Our key focus across the five weeks will be extremely practical and experiential in leading your through individual creative thinking, confidence and competence, ideation, inception, development and reflection of your thought processes and images to explore, create and refine approaches to working with individuality and on a personal pathway or journey.
"Its obvious that A lot of time and effort has gone into the development of this module. Plus having a second tutor added another dimension to the course and led to some mind opening sessions that really took me to another place regarding these photographs." - Martin Arrowsmith
This workshop is highly participatory and will develop an effective toolkit with which you can frame your approach individually with photography moving forward.
To sign up for this new course please complete THIS form.
We guarantee this course will both enable and empower every attendee moving forward with their creativity & photography and personal creative journey no matter what your previous level of experience.
COURSE DATES: 18/02/24 - 24/03/24 (5 weeks with 1 week reflection / consolidation midway)
Course price: £485 per person
The workshop will be limited to strictly 12 participants to ensure the cohort size is large enough for vibrant discussion and small enough for 1to1 time, coaching and mentoring across the duration.
"Rob and his co-tutor gave each of us a generous amount of time as well as the group sessions. I enjoyed their depth of knowledge and the individual recommendations for reading/photographers to follow up on" - Sarah Lloyd