Beautiful Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is a World Heritage Site and an incredible setting for this one day workshop. The palace sits in 2,000 acres of landscaped gardens punctuated by matures trees, contrasting with the intricate formal gardens.
The gardens at Blenheim were envisioned by the 9th Duke of Marlborough and in August they will be in their prime in this majestic setting.
The formal gardens were designed in the 1920’s by The French Architect Achille Duchêne and include The Water Terraces, The Italian Garden, The Secret Garden and The Rose Garden amongst others.
The Water Terraces were a feat of planning and construction, and the three terraces are reminiscent, on a smaller scale, of the Parterre d’Eau at Versailles.
On the lowest terrace stands a scale model of the statue sculptured by Bernini, for his famous fountain in the Piazza Navona in Rome. The narrow second terrace is divided from the third by shallow steps, guarded by two sphinxes and a new bronze fountain by the American sculptor Waldo Story has been installed.
In contrast to the Formal Gardens and sweeping Parkland, the Secret Garden is a secluded area where winding paths lead past areas of tranquil water and over a wooden bridge by a miniature cascade.
The Rose garden is home to a central statue surrounded by a symmetrical beds of roses, which form a delightfully-scented display of floral beauty. From the Rose Garden, a short walk past the partially-concealed Temple of Flora leads on to the recently restored Grand Cascade, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760s.
Paul Sanders will lead this workshop and his career started in 1991 as a news photographer, going on to be Picture Editor at The Times for eight years before going freelance. He has a mindfulness approach to photography and life believing that the connection and moment you share with your subject is the key to creating great images. Paul has recently switched from DSLRs to the Fuji compact system cameras as a move to simplify his image making. He is an animated and passionate speaker about all forms of photography and his talks to camera clubs and societies have been described as inspiring.
(Photographs copyright Blenheim Palace)