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Astrid McGechan

“Landscape Photography, and Emotion”

Wednesday 17th October 2018
7.15 for 7.30 till 10.00
Cowdray Hall, Parkway, Easebourne Street, Midhurst

“Landscape Photography and Emotion”
Landscape photography and emotion go hand in hand.
When Astrid started out in photography years ago, she did not think much about what she felt when seeing something she wanted to photograph: she just picked up the camera and pressed the shutter button to capture what she saw.
In 2010, she held her first exhibition, jointly with fellow landscape photographer Huw Alban. The strongest memory she has of that event is of a visitor, who told her that she was going through difficult times with her family. But looking at her photographs made her feel much better, they conveyed a sense of harmony, beauty and calm, she said. She returned twice over the following two weeks, each time silently taking in the work.
Astrid realised then that being able to convey an emotion with her photographs was very important to her. So she started to try and be more aware of what she felt when exploring a scene, and to determine what influence her state of mind had on the resulting photograph. Over time, this process has helped her to change the way she makes her photographs, and, hopefully, to produce photographs that convey feelings and thoughts and thus evoke an emotional response in the viewer.
Astrid is a landscape photographer based in Surrey. Since 2010, she has regularly exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and in Germany. In 2013, she was appointed Head Judge of a corporate photography competition for a multinational client, headquartered in Beijing. Her first book “The Elmbridge Hundred – A Visual Journey” was published in 2014 and she is currently working on a new book project. Her photographs have been published in the UK and Europe, and sold in the UK, Europe and US. She teaches photography at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey and is a contributor to Landscapes by Women.
In this lecture, she will explain how she tries to capture her emotions of the moment in a photograph. She will be showing a selection of her images to illustrate the various techniques that she has found helpful.
The lecture, which will begin with a short introduction of herself and how she got into photography, Astrid will then take you on a light-hearted journey through her creative process, which should appeal to all levels of photographers, irrespective of their preference of subject matter.


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