The popularity of the Impressions of London workshops has prompted Doug and Valda to look around for a different location to extend the opportunities and scope for creative street photography.
This new offering is very much a summer tour, with the lively bustle of Trafalgar Square. contrasting with the beautiful leafy tranquility St James’s Park.
Although the focus is still very much about exploring creative techniques, it would be a shame to pass by the opportunity for more traditional street photography. Trafalgar Square will be awash with street performers, pavement artists, tourists, pigeons (far fewer than previously, but we might spot one or two) and the chance to capture the elusive ‘decisive moment’.
Classical architecture is obviously in abundance with Nelson’s Column, the Fourth Plinth, The National Gallery and the imposing spire of St Martin the Fields rising 59 metres into the air. The world’s smallest police phone box is here - its purpose nowadays is sadly more pedestrian; it now functions as a broom cupboard. And, of course, we mustn’t forget the iconic fountains.
A short walk to St James’s Park will give us very different shooting opportunities. The park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade. Summer colour and lush foliage together with the resident colony of pelicans and a small lake will allow us to capture images of a very different side to London.
Doug Chinnery’s now classic London ‘Light & Life’ workshops have become a firm favourite with Light & Landers - he has a wide reaching knowledge of the city and is well placed to advise on both traditional and creative techniques.
Valda Bailey has twice attended workshops in New York with photography giant Jay Maisel - widely recognised as one of the top street photographers in the world. She travels frequently and also has extensive experience of shooting in an urban environment across the globe. She will be on hand to explain how multiple exposure and ICM (intentional camera movement) can be used in an urban environment to help you express your creativity with your camera.
Of course, for those wanting to use classic camera techniques, we will be happy to help and encourage you with these too - the day will all be about capturing the heart of the capital as you see it with your camera.
As with the Impressions of London workshop at the Tate, the day concentrates more on finding new ways of interpretation rather than a whistle-stop tour of the city; it is designed to maximise shooting opportunities but there will also be time to talk about thinking creatively and how best to use some of the afore-mentioned techniques in an urban setting as we enjoy refreshments in cafes along the way. The weather will largely dictate the mood of the day, however the magic of the city will guide us to our photographic opportunities.
Valda Bailey is a freelance photographer living in Sussex who first became passionate about photography when she was 14. She grew up in Jersey and retains an affinity for coastal views and seascapes. Her approach to photography is greatly informed by...
As usual Valda and Doug ran a very relaxed and inspirational workshop. Both were very generous in sharing their knowledge and thoughts.