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London Photography Workshop - Brutalist and Modern Buildings in Black and White

15th Sep, 2021 - FULLY BOOKED

Tutored by Adrian Beasley and

£238.80 pp

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This one-day London photography workshop in Black and White will start at the world famous Grade II listed Barbican Centre, one of the most iconic brutalist locations in the world. From there we will pass through the modern glass and steel sky scrapers that inhabit the financial district. Crossing the Thames, we will head to City Hall and the South Bank to Tate Modern.

Your workshop tutor will be Adrian Beasley: "I have always loved modern architecture. But shooting in Black & White film on my trusty Mamiya 7 cemented the attraction (pun intended). I especially enjoyed exaggerating convergence and seeking the geometary the architect intentionally created. Developing and printing the negatives with sweeping curves and graduating tones was a delight. These days I get no less joy developing my digital images in Lightroom".

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London Photography Workshop - Brutalist and Modern Buildings in Black and White London Photography Workshop - Brutalist and Modern Buildings in Black and White

At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • TUITION BY ADRIAN BEASLEY
    • Online editing session
  • Excluded
    • Travel
    • Meals
    • Insurance
  • Duration 1 Day Workshops
  • Tour Code BRL01
London Photography Workshop - Brutalist and Modern Buildings in Black and White

London Photography Workshop - Brutalist and Modern Buildings in Black and White

I have always loved modern architecture. But shooting in B&W film on my trusty Mamiya 7 cemented the attraction (pun intended).  I especially enjoyed exaggerating convergence and seeking the geometry the architect intentionally created.  Developing and printing the negatives with sweeping curves and graduating tones was a delight.  These days I get no less joy developing my digital images in Lightroom. 

The process of forming concrete buildings on site using wooden moulds, led to an explosion of ideas.  Freed from bricks, these buildings could be minimal, modern, angular, curved, in fact almost any shape.  The often un-finished “brutal” surfaces bore witness to their modest wooden mould creation with the grain of the wood captured.  Cold, ugly, aggressive, grey, terms often used to describe these buildings.  Enough time has past for us to see them in a different light, many now listed.  After concrete came glass and steel and some very modern ideas.  The Lloyds building remains one of my all time favourite buildings, despite being surrounded by newer, taller constructions.

This one-day B&W shoot will start at the world famous Grade II listed Barbican Centre, one of the most iconic brutalist locations in the world.  From there we will pass through the modern glass and steel sky scrapers that inhabit the financial district.  Crossing the Thames we head to City Hall and the South Bank to Tate Modern.  We will be challenged by huge, towering structures of Concrete, Steel and glass.  Our task, to try and capture the essence of these places without the distraction of colour.

The route is just over 3 miles long but it will feel longer! A reasonable level of fitness is required for the whole day.  We will grab snacks and food along the way but a stash of cake/chocolate would be a good plan!

Location:

We will meet at Barbican Kitchen at 10am, please use any time you have ahead of that to explore the Barbican. The Barbican Kitchen is located on Level G by the Lakeside Terrace.  We will finish around 5pm at the Tate.

Equipment:

Lenses (Full Frame Equivalent)

If you bring only 1 lens, make it a 24-70mm or a 16-35mm

Two lens system 16-35mm + 24-70mm

Three lens system add a super-wide (12mm), fisheye or a long lens

Tripod

Many of the locations do not allow a tripod.  However, if you are keen and conditions are good, we might stop briefly for some long exposures.  Don’t feel compelled to bring a tripod or big stopper.

Cloths

Comfortable footwear and cloths suitable for the forecast - no jeans please!

 

We will then meet online on 23rd September between 2-5pm for an editing session. This is optional but is a great chance to learn about Black and White editing techniques.

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