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Photography with an Artist's Eyes
This is a series about Seeing

Norm is holding 5 FREE Photowalks  (4 in Jells Park, Wheelers Hill and the last in the Alfred Nichols Garden, Sassafras). The themes and photographic exercises will be loosely based on Freeman Patterson’s “Photography and the Art of Seeing”, Carl Purcell’s “Artist Brain” with a little of Max Meldrum’s “The Science of Appearance” plus some stuff from my blog posts.

See the Flickr Group JPPhotoWalk for more details and progress.

The Photowalks are totally free but please register via Eventbrite to ensure a place

A Sense of the Place
17/9/2017 2:00pm :: Meetup in front of Madeline's Cafe

This photo walk is about a gentle introduction into how artist might use intense observation and how that might help take better photographs that may capture the essence of a place.

Seeing by Chance
22/10/2017 2:00pm :: Meetup in front of Madeline's

This photowalk was based around a couple of Freeman Paterson’s favourite fun challenges, seeing sideways & the opportunity to break some established Photographic Rules.

Seeing in Detail
25/2/2018 7:00pm :: Meetup at the Oak's Playground

The objective today is a little bit counter intuitive, it is finding out what interests you and how you might best portray it for others to enjoy. Freeman Patterson refers to this skill as “”Relaxed Attentiveness”. This photowalk is much later to hopefully experience the wonderful light of the golden hour, to heighten our observation of what we find interesting. Later afternoon and evening is also a great time to observe the bird life in the park and around the lake.
So keen bird photographers bring along your long lens.

Seeing in Tones
26/11/2017 2:00pm  :: Meetup at Oak's Playground

This photowalk will focus on seeing the balance of light and dark values before taking a photo. There will be a quick demo of creating tonal composition (or Notan Sketch). You will be encouraged to make a 3 or 5 value sketch of a simple scene yourself and learn a couple of tricks to better see and appreciate how important tone is for understanding shapes, space and composition

Seeing Composition
9/9/2018 2:00pm :: Meetup in front of Madeline's

Composition is a massive topic but this photowalk will look at how to identify some common pitfalls in developing a strong design aspect for your photos.
  • Frames and windows
  • Center of Interest
  • Establishing a Base, Balancing Tone
  • Amputations at the edges

We will also have a bit of fun with deliberately breaking some “common rules” of composition.

"In order to give meaning to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what he frames. This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry." ...(Henri Cartier-Bresson)

Seeing Colour
6/5/2018 2:00pm :: Meetup at Alfred Nichols Garden, Sassafras

This is where artist and photographer’s beliefs and approaches can be widely different, Beginning with a very simple overview of colour theory and the difference between absolute (the colour thing itself) and relative colour (impact of surrounding colours), You should select a colour you like then explore with photo design and composition based around that colour and its emotional impact on you

Seeing as the Camera Sees
14/10/2018 2:00pm :: Meetup at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Olinda

Understanding how a camera captures an image, and how it differs to all other visual media. We see differently, our eyes and brain automatically adjust  for complex light and distortion, a camera will not. We can also scan a scene and get depth queues outside the frame of the cameras viewfinder. What we see (or thought we saw) is usually richer in colour and objects exist clearly in space, whereas photos often seem  flat.  Artists have a series of techniques and tools to help separating the figure and ground. Applying these foreground/background checks in the view finder and looking for other depth clues can instantly enrich your photos.

Photography is all right if you don't mind looking at the world from the point of view of a paralysed Cyclops.  
... David Hockney

Please register via Eventbrite to ensure a place

Seeing the Bigger Picture (Photowalk & SketchCrawl)
18/11/2018 10:00am :: Begins At The Oaks Picnic Area, Jells Park South (off Ferntree Gully Rd.)

A Sketch Crawl is like a photo walk only slower. This one should appeal to both photographers and sketch artist, Bring a camera (smart phone is fine) and a sketch pad (smaller is better eg A4 – A5 but whatever size you prefer).

This is three sets of walks, with refreshment and social breaks between stages. You are free to come for one part or all three. The main theme is still based on seeing but borrows from the thoughts and art of David Hockney in his recent “a bigger picture” documentary, book and Exhibitions (eg David Hockney Current at NGV 2016/2017). Learn how seeing will to help collect better reference material for artwork and/or pull together a series to tell a photographic story.

10:30 AM Walk 1 – Seeing the Detail. Imagine you are an eighteenth century scientist/artist exploring the new worlds and recording details of plants and birds along the way, to send back to Joseph Banks or Charles Darwin. Alternatively look for a simple subject or pattern and make a series of photos or sketches (sur le motif) that tell a visual story to the original Bunarong Inhabitants how the park has changed.
Lunch at MGA cafe, Visit the monash gallery of art and/or play a fun memory sketch game and puzzle over multiframe mosaics.
1:30 PM Walk 2 – Seeing Horizontally, going wider more than one Aspect/Frame, thinking about collecting a series of images to provide better reference, story telling or multi framed collage. Starts outside Madelines Cafe.
3:00 PM Afternoon Tea/Coffee at Madelines
4:00 PM Walk 3 – Looking Vertically, to a grander bigger picture, looking at some of the taller trees and vista of the original Jell’s family farm.
6:00 PM Dinner at the Wheeler’s (Wheeler Hill Pub with one of the best late afternoon vistas in Melbourne).

“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist”
David Hockney

Please register via Eventbrite to ensure a place

The emphasis is on “seeing, in the finest and broadest sense, means using your senses, your intellect, and your emotions”  ...(Freeman Patterson)

You are encouraged to bring a small note or sketch book to all PhotoWalks (A5 size of smaller, something that is easy to carry probably in your camera bag). Drawing, even crudely, is a gateway to better seeing.

The photographic challenges will be rewarding and you will enjoy the fun with a friendly group of photographers.
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