Visual Art Group Spring Weekend with AGM

05 April 2019 - 08 April 2019

09:00 - 21:00

De Vere Beaumont Estate
Burfield Road
Old Windsor
United Kingdom
SL4 2JJ

Tel:01608 684848

Vik, Iceland by Nathan Barry

Our next residential Spring Weekend will take us to Windsor – famous for its royal connections and a wealth of attractions: the Castle, the town, the Great Park, the River Thames, the racecourse and, not much further afield, Runnymede, Eton, Henley, Hampton Court and Heathrow Airport, to name but a few. But of course there will be more, including speakers and workshop leaders such as:

Paul Colley ARPS

Paul will reveal the results of a year-long project to photograph bats hunting in the wild. He developed novel new low light and infrared camera systems specifically for this purpose and will explain how they work. The bat images are rapidly drawing attention from the wildlife photography community worldwide and will soon feature in numerous publications and on the BBC. Paul will also show part of his latest portfolio of stunning underwater images, including work from the Galapagos Islands and the Red Sea.

Derek Reay ARPS

Portraits, Pinhole, Publishing – something different? Derek is a former chairman of our group who also edited the VAG Magazine. He works mainly in the field of environmental portraiture and on assignments which give a different view on a traditional subject. He will describe his work photographing leading craftsmen and women, local people, rooms as cameras, pinhole pictures of an entire show at the Royal Albert Hall, and books.

Rhiannon Adam

In addition to her talk Rhiannon, photographer and storyteller, will lead a local photowalk, focusing on creating portraits in context, a departure from candid street portraiture. All too often, the fear of approaching a subject can be overwhelming and the shot is missed – this walk is designed to conquer this shyness and build confidence. She will also be able to give tips on ways to construct your shot while directing subjects effectively, using available light, to develop a sense of narrative and individuality. All participants will be given a worksheet of practical tasks to develop and cement their own approach. Rhiannon will also be on hand to offer participants support to reflect on larger long-term projects.

Nathan Barry

Demonstrating his photographic process from stepping out of the door to a finished image, Nathan will talk through how he achieves his results, from two diverse collections in his portfolio. One is from Iceland on a dedicated and challenging winter trip – the other from his local area in Oxfordshire, with quick trips whenever the conditions inspire. He will explain how he seeks to minimise distractions and capture simple compositions in the field, including some examples for achieving a natural clarity to the final, processed image. In his workshop Nathan will show the key steps to getting great landscape photos, from equipment choices and settings to compositions and reading the light. His advice: ‘Ensure you return from the field with the best images you can make – you can't fundamentally improve them later!’ Great photos are possible with even the most basic equipment, but it is the choices in the field that make the difference.

Meanwhile, we are still working on a special treat: a private viewing of Windsor Castle for a small group, one couple and two single weekenders, whose names will be drawn out of the hat. This Saturday tour will also lead into some areas which are not normally open to the general public, and it will be totally free to the lucky few. It could however present a dilemma for anyone booked onto a workshop. Choices, choices! If you would nonetheless like your name(s) to go into the draw, just tick the box at the bottom of the booking form.

Our base will be the De Vere Beaumont Estate, a welcoming and comfortable hotel in Old Windsor, within easy reach of Windsor itself. But take a deep breath and steel yourself, for that weekend the hotel will also host the ‘Strictly’ tour. Unexpected opportunities perhaps.

The cost for our weekend is £285 per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room, or £360 for single occupancy. This includes dinner, bed and breakfast for three nights as well as the main programme and ample free parking. However, as the number of places in the optional one-day workshops (£60 per person) is limited and our weekends tend to get booked up quickly (especially the single rooms), we recommend that you don’t wait too long. Please complete the attached form and return it to me with a deposit of £50 per person. If you prefer electronic payments, please make a bank transfer to the group account specified on the booking form.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for this weekend and look forward to hearing from you very soon. 

Andreas Klatt
Email the event organiser
01608 684848

Group(s): Visual Art