Workshop: Color-fields: A Painterly Approach to Photographing Flowers

Runs Monday, January 29Monday, February 5, 2024

 January 29, 31; February 2, 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$425 for series
Bring a camera, digital or analog.

This class is for all experience levels. You will take home three photographs to frame at the end.


Generously supported by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Beyer

Robert Walker, Photography

Photographing flowers and gardens, along with significant family events, has always been one of the central themes for the amateur photographer. In this workshop, we will attempt to avoid the cliché of the typical flower and garden picture by introducing various new techniques in approaching the subject. To do this we will examine a brief history of abstract painting, where the subject matter is reduced to pure form and color. Then we will transpose these compositional elements onto natural forms in the garden, thereby creating images that are both unique and compelling. Exercises will be given followed by informal critiques, where results will be analyzed and compared by the group as a whole.

Robert Walker made his reputation as a color street photographer, working mainly in New York, but also in Paris, Venice, Warsaw and Montreal. After working for decades in dense urban environments he decided he needed a new challenge and turned his focus to nature and photographed the Jardin botanique de Montréal over a period of five years.

His work has been published by Oxford University Press in a book titled New York Inside Out with an introduction by William S. Burroughs and Color is Power, published by Thames & Hudson. His photographs are included in many public and private collections.



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