"Through an older eye" workshops


July and August 2022

Learn how to use a large format camera on our upcoming courses this summer.

Based in the beautiful #Brackenwood garden centre Leigh Woods, #Bristol, where we have access to areas not open to the public including a beautiful lake area. What a great place to learn the craft of large format photography - making big, beautiful, negatives and prints.

"Through and older eye" workshops are a range of workshops and presentations that cover historical photographic techniques that can still be used today to produce expressive and meaningful images. Images that are very different from the homogenised digital offerings we are faced with today.

After the success of workshops in 2021, for 2022 I am offering four workshops/presentations:

Use Old Cameras to Make New Images - Photos from February workshop here

Pinhole Cameras

Wetplate Collodion

Historical & Creative Photo Printing

(Click on the links to download the details)

Now available through the Cheddar Artsquarter "Hands-on Photography Club" on the first Friday of the month: Book here.

These are also available as presentations to; Camera Clubs, Photographic Societies and Arts Groups, and to the public as small-group workshops at Clevedon Craft Centre, The Arts Quarter Cheddar and Weston Artspace.

If you have a group of 4 to 6 people who are interested I will arrange a venue for you around the date that you choose.

Presentation cost is £50 in the Somerset/Bristol area, further afield by negotiation depending on travel distance/time.
Workshop cost is £20 per person plus venue costs (around £30-50)

Recent feedback April 2022

"A really fun photography workshop today with Simon Williams . We used vintage cameras, some nearly 100 years old, learnt how to process our film in a darkroom, used x-ray film and glass plates and leant how to use a light meter and set aperture. The kids were allowed to do everything and Simon was great with them. 2 hours flew by, I'd highly recommend booking onto a workshop"

From June's Wetplate Collodionworkshop


Had a great time this morning doing a wet plate collodion workshop with @oldparson I’m now the proud possessor of a photo of me on a glass plate. I would have worn my crinoline if I had realised…. Will be trying a cyanotype with the plate - of course. Held at the lovely @theartsquartercheddar

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