Join Denise Swanson FBIPP for a Photographic Essay in the Open!
This outdoor, hands-on workshop will be held in the historic old market town of Thetford, Norfolk. Under the guidance of Denise, there will be opportunities for taking photographs, exploring your own creativity and to gain an understanding of what defines a fine art image.
The day starts at 9.30am with coffee at The Bell Inn, before heading out for your first walk which includes the plane trees on Butten Island, the Old Coffee Mill at Bridges Walk, the Medieval Gaol House on Old Market Street then explore Castle Hill - the largest earthworks of its kind in East Anglia. The earthworks are the result of two separate periods; Iron Age defence ramparts built by the Iceni tribe, and a Norman motte and bailey castle built after the Norman conquest. With so much rich natural and ancient history, there will be no shortage of opportunities for some interesting and creative photography of a variety of subjects. This walk covers a distance of approx 1 mile on firm ground.
During a break for lunch back at The Bell Inn, there will be opportunities to ask questions, compare notes and to discuss ideas both as a group and with Denise.
After lunch, the afternoon walk follows Haling Path along the Little Ouse River to Blaydon Bridge, where there will be plenty of opportunities for some creative photography along the way, with swans, Canada geese, coots, moorhens and kingfishers often seen on and around the river. Heading back towards town, there will be a chance to explore the remains of a 12th Century Cluniac Priory, providing more photographic opportunities and lastly passing the former Burrell works paint shop on Minstergate before returning to the Bell Inn. This walk covers a distance of approx 1.1 miles on firm ground.
The day will finish around 5pm.
Most of the time will be spent walking in the open air, along river banks and footpaths so please come dressed for the occasion (and the weather!). Comfortable walking shoes and a shower-proof jacket are recommended.
Whatever camera equipment you bring you will carry throughout the day, so only bring what you need. Recommended 1 or 2 camera bodies and a couple of lenses and any other accessories you may need, memory cards, replacement batteries etc. You may wish to bring a monopod or other portable support but tripods are not advisable.
About Denise Swanson
Denise is a professional fine art photographic artist and printmaker, based in Preston. Her images have been published nationally and internationally and have won numerous awards. Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK and has sold to collectors internationally. Denise has an MA in Fine Art and is a Fellow of the BIPP for whom she is also an Approved Assessor.