All around the world on the weekend there are people teaching photography classes and people taking them. Here is no different to anywhere else and yesterday I was teaching my new students landscape photography. There is a place I take them in Eltham, and while not the greatest place in Melbourne, it is close to where I teach and they get to take photos and experiment. I help out, but I can usually get a couple of photos myself. It is good for them to see me doing this as well, I think.
These gates are usually where I start. They are so old, yet so out of place for where they are. They do seem to imply some sort of old world grandeur that now is long gone. I don’t know if the gates have always been there and did lead to something else, or are more recent. It doesn’t seem to matter, it is a great place to start. It is contained, so they don’t wander too far. Every class I have taken here have seemed to enjoy photographing here. They stand afar, apprehensive to get in close, but you can see that they all want to. As soon as one does it, they all go.
It is good for them to realise that they should look all around, up and down, that good images don’t always come from eye level. Looking up can also give a different view.
Yesterday we went further a field than we have before and found a lovely spot to take photos where they could all wander around and just see what they could find. I hung around so they could ask me any questions. I think it is good to let them go off on their own too, see how they go. I know in next weeks class there will be lots of questions once they have looked at their photos and maybe didn’t get quite what they wanted.
It was nice for me too, to photograph somewhere new and see what I could get. I will try this week to take some of these photos and do more to them and see what else I can bring out. Turn them into fine art images, as opposed to just straight images with little processing, which is what you have here. I like to show them the possibilities of what they can aspire to, if they so wish.
I am also trying to show them that there is the big picture and also the smaller one. I am trying to do more of this myself and so I try to encourage my students to take in the details.
We were lucky with the rain, it did rain a little, but then it went away and we had a great time. It poured all afternoon, but we were all home by then. I am going to give you a gallery now of more photos. Some taken yesterday and some taken in my last landscape class. Happy Wandering.