“Birds, Beasts and Flowers”
Lecture: The Photographic Garden
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop: The Photographic Garden: Mastering the Art of Digital Photography
“There’s more to the garden than meets the eye – more life and death, more interdependence, more fragility. These images of small secretive creatures, often juxtaposed against unexpected backgrounds, conjures up their impermanence, and to some degree their precarious place in the modern world. Photographing them against a seamless background pulls their details forward and allows you to see them as objects of incredible design and complexity. Like memento mori, they are reminders of our own mortality, impermanence and beauty.”
Professional photographer Matthew Benson shows you how to become a better, more intuitive artist in the landscape; helps you foster a deeper understanding of design and aesthetics; and encourages you to develop your own visual sensibility—through hundreds of his own thought provoking, evocative garden images. You’ll learn how to explore the garden with your camera; how to apply the fundamentals of composition, light, and color to image-making; and how to use digital technology to improve and enhance (and even rescue!) the images you’ve taken. Most of all, you’ll be motivated to see like a camera, work like a professional, and imagine and create like an artist.