Mindful Photography Walk

Bring your camera (or phone camera) and join photographer Marcia Chandra for a mindful walk through Clapham Park Estate, learning creative ways ‘see’ your environment in new ways.

Date: Saturday, 14 August 2021
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Cost: £ Free
Ages: Most suitable for 16+ but accompanied children welcome
Spaces: 10 maximum, booking required (5 spaces have been reserved for Estate residents)
Location: meet at Clapham Park Cube, 116 Kings Avenue, SW4 8EP See it on Google Maps
Hosted by: Clapham Park Creative Co-op

This will be a fun, experimental walk inviting you to look up and down, and get creative with whatever camera you have (even phones!). Although Marcia will give you advice on how to create better pictures using settings on your camera, this will not be a formal photography class — the focus is on trying to see our surroundings in new ways, on taking better pictures through experimenting, on re-focusing our attention to what’s in front of us.

Along the way there will be a series of creative exercises we will do together. Participants will have the option of a second session online (to be scheduled together) to look at everyone’s work, get some feedback and produce a small exhibition for the Neighbourhood Party (28 August).

This event is free thanks to funding from Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing.

Marcia Chandra is a photographer specialising in environmental portraiture and documentary, and has led numerous participatory photography workshops working with young people and adults. Her work often explores themes of migration, place and urban environments, through observation and collaborative reflection.  She is a Creative Producer at Counterpoints Arts, leading on the Clapham Park Creative Co-op since 2018, and has also been photographing neighbours for our People of Clapham Park collection.

What can you expect in this workshop?

This will be a very relaxed walk and chat to different parts of Clapham Park Estate. You can expect to come away with a better understanding of how to use your camera as well as how to move yourself to take more creative images. You will receive a handout with some advice on taking better pictures, and a series of exercises we will try together. You may even meet some new neighbours and friends who are interested in photography. You can bring a notebook and pen if you like, but photography is often easier to learn by doing rather than reading.

Who is this workshop for?

This event is most suitable to adults and youth over 16; children are welcome accompanied by an adult. We will be walking slow and taking lots of breaks so people with limited mobility are welcome to join us; note that there are not many formal places to sit along the way.

Important information

Registration and cancellation: This event is free to you, and we ask that as far as possible by booking a place you commit to attending.  Places are limited, and we want to be sure we offer an opportunity to as many people as possible. Please let us know or cancel your registration if you can no longer attend; no-shows may be prevented from registering to future free workshops and events.

Covid-19 Guidelines: All of our staff and leaders will take lateral flow tests before the workshop; we encourage others to do the same if you are able. Our workshops will continue to adhere to COVID-19 good practice including social distancing, encouraging mask wearing if inside (and outdoors if you would prefer), and regular hand sanitisation. We ask you to please consider others as many of our workshops are attended by people that are still being careful in public settings. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms, we ask you to please stay home.

Weather: This event will be held outside, weather permitting. If it rains, we may need to cancel the workshop and attempt to reschedule. We will notify you in the morning if we need to cancel due to weather.

Please bring:
— water / snacks
— umbrella and/or waterproof gear
— good walking shoes
— hand sanitiser and mask
— notebook and pen (optional)

Photography/Video: Please note that this event will be photographed and recorded to share on our social media and communications material (names will not be shared publicly). Please let the photographer know at the start of the event if you do not wish to be recorded.

Access Notice

— This event is relaxed and slow; you are welcome to take breaks at any point. We encourage you to bring walkers if needed; there will be some limited spots to rest along the way.
— The route we will take will be accessible by wheelchairs.
— If you have additional access needs, please contact us and we will do our best to support you to participate.

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