Mind & Heart – Workshops to explore evaluative processes in photography

Lecturing at the HIPA Grand Awards 2015

Lecturing at the HIPA Grand Awards 2015

Its been quite some time since I discussed the concept of evaluative processes in photography for organisations who use print judging systems are designed to qualify their members as ‘professional’ photographers. Being privileged to lecture worldwide and have been involved in the design and inception of systems in a number of Countries, this has given me more than a domestic perspective. Its always been a thorny subject as, in a perceived art form it is said that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ and therefore a SUBJECTIVE process, defined as ‘Personal opinions, assumptions, interpretations and beliefs’ rather than OBJECTIVE, defined as ‘Observation of measurable facts’. At some point, for any system to function fairly a mixture of the two must be taken into consideration.

My role will be to offer suggestions, discuss quantifiable criteria and hopefully inspire a new generation of judges and re-kindle a passion in the experienced ones.

My sincere thanks go to Rocco Ancora, Ryan Schembri, Kylie Lyons and the Board of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography for giving me the opportunity to share and hopefully, inspire.

See you soon Australia!

Martin Grahame-Dunn

Martin Grahame-Dunn

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“Pride & Prejudice” in the Peak District – Two 1 day workshops July 2016

Themed environmental portraiture workshops July 24th & 25th 2016

Themed environmental portraiture workshops July 24th & 25th 2016

On Sunday 24th and Monday 25th July 2016 I will be holding one day workshops with a literary classics theme inspired by Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre in the Hope Valley area of Derbyshire’s Peak District. In essence, costumed environmental portraiture where the mastery of light, posing and composition in a story telling manner will be explored with just six delegates.

The days will encompass a briefing, literary themes to inspire the images, shooting sessions, lunch, creative retouching and presentation as well as a wind up group session to discuss the day. Early bird places are only £299 (Booked and paid before 31st December 2015) and include an Album Epoca ‘Event Book’ designed and compiled by Martin Grahame-Dunn containing a selection of images from the day, lighting diagrams and other information. Late bookings will be at the rate of £349.

Bookings being taken now with a £100 deposit per person. Contact Martin at mgrahamedunn@mac.com to secure your places.