From August 5th- 9th the five day short course Photography Summer Sessions is running again at Nottingham Trent University. Last year eleven people took part and spent five lively days looking at and talking about the work of a diverse range of photographers, before heading into Nottingham to take photographs that considered various aspects of life in the city. Afternoons were concluded with everyone organising, editing, and uploading their day’s haul to the course’s Flickr group, before on the final Friday devising, shooting and editing their own small independent project- including this one on local cafe culture. Some of the work produced during the course was then included in an exhibition at the university.
Experience is not an issue with Photography Summer Sessions, and you’re welcome to take part regardless of your ability, interests or ambitions. At heart, Photography Summer Sessions is a course about looking, seeing and responding quickly and creatively to a series of very do-able tasks; about experiencing and looking at the city differently and reflecting on how you take photographs. Last year people used a diverse range of equipment, from compacts to iPhones to dSLRs to iPads, so the gear you use and how much you know your way around it is much less of an issue than being prepared to immerse yourself in a week of taking on new challenges and seeing photographic potential in things that you might normally disregard… or not even notice.
You can book your place on the course by clicking here.
Some thoughts from last year’s students:
‘Great job of getting students out of their comfort zones to expand their horizons.’
‘It was great!’
‘The tasks that we were assigned each day were very interesting and challenging. The course was very enjoyable and I learnt a lot about photography in such a short time.’
‘Fantastic introduction to photography with a fantastic instructor.’
‘Good balance of lectures/ discussion, pertinent examples, on-site photography, and editing.’
If there’s anything else you’d like to know about the course email andrewdconroy[at]yahoo.co.uk.
Photography Summer Sessions is a shorter, more intensive version of Exploring Photography, a course that runs one evening a week from October until December, and then again in January. Click here for more details.
See also: Further selection of students’ photographs from last summer’s course