Project Photography: Develop your Creative Voice (Photography & the Gallery)

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Project Photography: Develop your Creative Voice (Photography & the Gallery)


* Monthly direct debit option available at £50 p/m

The Group will meet once per month (3rd Saturday, 11am - 2pm)

Everyone will get Two 1-1s across the year - as well as a print preparation 1-1 before the exhibition.

Group Critique, goals, challenges, research set each session.

2 x 2 Month Tasks to help set you up for your personal project

1 x 8 Month project resulting in an exhibition

Workshop on Website Creation and running an effective Instagram account.

Small group size of just 6

Guest University or Artist Lecturers who will add additional group feedback and discussion.

Gallery Exhibition Visits

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Have you had the desire to do more with your photography than just putting images on social media or showing images to friends and family?

In the image saturated world that is 2019, I think there is even more need for considered and powerfully meaningful photography. And I believe this is something that anyone can do.

Personal or Project Photography is the most rewarding, and transformative process you can pursue as a photographer. You will be focused on capturing something beyond a ‘pretty picture’. It goes beyond the technical of the medium and enters the emotive. It is a journey that every dedicated photographer should go through, and there is no better way to do it than with a group offering regular critique, feedback and encouragement.

It will inspire, challenge and inevitably motivate you to grow and improve. Across the year you will be pushed to find what interests you.

Is it to create a visual document of youth culture in South London? Is it a study of psychics in Camden? How about a view of architectural transformations in Elephant and Castle?

Your project can take you anywhere, but you are guaranteed to end the year having created something you will be proud of for the rest of your life. It will be frustrating, it will be difficult, but ultimately it will be unbelievably rewarding.

At the end of the year you will:

  • Have an exhibition of your project work at a professional white wall gallery.

  • Created and Curated a high quality group exhibition.

  • Developed advanced photographic theory and technical skills.

  • Learned how best to approach creating a photography project - specific to you.

  • Created and maintained a website or/and instagram account as a platform for your photography.

  • Learned from some of the best in the industry, and been shaped by their critique and advice.

  • Begun to find your voice as a Photographer; and found a group of photographers that you can share this experience with, bounce ideas off of, and grow with.

Borough Road Gallery - where our exhibition will be held.

Borough Road Gallery - where our exhibition will be held.

Beyond the personal creative journey, we will all embark on, we will explore every aspect of the photographic process, from conception, testing and research; to editing, sequencing, presentation options and printing. Then as a part of the exhibition you will be mounting, curating and designing; all to create a successful group exhibition.

This is the closest to a final project on a university course that you will find outside of an institution.

Rough Timetable

Meeting 1: Introduction to the Group + First Mini Project Set

Meeting 2: Review work created by everyone for Project 1, set goals and research for finishing Project 1.

Meeting 3: Mock Exhibition of Mini Project 1; critique and review. Set Mini Project 2.

Meeting 4: Review work created by everyone for Mini Project 2, set goals and research for finishing Mini Project 2.

Meeting 5: Mock Exhibition of Mini Project 2; critique and review. Set Major Project - Explore some initial ideas.

Meeting 6: Creating a Website and Effective Instagram Account. Group Website critique and planning. How to create a web portfolio for a modern audience.

Meeting 7: Launch Major Project. Initial ideas reviewed + preliminary work analysed and discussed.

Meeting 8: Review progress made on Major Project. Set research, tasks and ideas to be pursued before next session.

Meeting 9: Review progress made on Major Project. Set research, tasks and ideas to be pursued before next session.

Meeting 10: Review progress made on Major Project. Set research, tasks and ideas to be pursued before next session.

Meeting 11: Look at ways of presenting. Print, framing, books, projection etc. How to make your work tangible in a professional manner.

Meeting 12: Review progress made on Major Project. Set research, tasks and ideas to be pursued before next session. Plan for Exhibition, create graphics etc for promotion. Agree roles for organising and setting up the exhibition.

Meeting 13: Final Group Critique before Exhibition. Agree upon methods of presenting.

Printing 1-1: Final check that files are ready to be printed before sending them off.

Exhibition Setup

Opening Night + One Day up

Exhibition Close

Some confirmed Guest Lecturers:

Dave Lewis

Fine Art Photographer and Anthropologist

Dave Lewis is one of the most original, accomplished and creative of the crop of Black British photographers to emerge during the 1980s. Having gained a BA (Hons) in Film and Photographic Arts from PCL (the Polytechnic of Central London) in 1985, Lewis has gone on to establish himself as a practitioner whose work is consistently grounded in well researched thought-processes and human realities.

Central to Lewis’ concerns are questions of identity, perception, society and the ways in which such things are in turn informed by history and historical factors. Much of Lewis’ work revolves around self-portraiture as a way to explore his black identity.


Ian Atkinson

Commercial & Fine Art Photographer

Ian Atkinson is a international award winning photographer, whose work has been exhibited in some of the leading art galleries around the world. His portfolio of market leading companies is extensive as well as his experience in advertising, architectural and portrait photography. Over the last 20 years, Ian has worked in many different photographic genres and has published numerous books relating to travel and documentary photography.


My own work:


Exhibition Contents are not included in the price; you are responsible for paying for your prints/books etc and exhibition supplies. The exhibition space hire, and opening night refreshments are included in the price.