ONLINE Abstraction, Photography and Play Course with Eva Kalpadaki

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Learn how to 'see' and 'think' creatively and get inspired to go beyond what you know photography is about.

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Abstraction, Photography and Play Course with Eva Kalpadaki

8 Thursdays, 3-hour sessions,  14:30-17:30 pm

8 April - 27 May 2021


This course aims at helping you how to see more creatively through the lens. Through a number of visual examples spanning the development of abstract photography, you will be introduced to the various categories and aspects of photographic abstraction and you will be inspired to produce their own images. It is open to all with or without knowledge of Photography but with an enthusiasm and imagination to create and learn from it.

Course Themes

Week 1 – First Photograph – Abstract processes

               Looking curiously at the world  


Week 2 – Reality and Surreality

               Unconscious Explorations


Week 3 – Compositional Abstraction

                Exercise your eyes in the basics of composition


Week 4 – Subjective Vision -

               Photography as Metaphor


Week 5 – Generative Reality

               Thinking in a programme


Week 6 – Photography as Idea / Photography as Object

               Conceptual Thinking


Week 7 – Empty Space

               Photography of 'Nothing'


Week 8 – Semiotics of photographic abstraction

               Sum up



 At the end of the course you will be able to:

- demonstrate a critical understanding of the basic ideas in abstract photography by identifying and discussing different aspects and elements of an abstract photograph

- identify and discuss some of the different stages in the historical development of abstraction in photography in parallel with other photography and art movements

  - demonstrate a practical engagement with abstract photography by taking your own photographs 

- critically reflect on the making of your own images and discuss how you mindfully and creatively see and think about the world


General Outline of a Lesson Plan for each Weekly Session

Each week you will be introduced to a new theme to work on based on a particular aspect of photographic abstraction. Each session will consist of mainly three parts:

i) By looking at and discussing the works of famous classic and contemporary photographers this session will provide you with an understanding of some historical developments of abstract photography in parallel with other photographic and art genres and movements. You will be engaging in a critical discussion about them and reflecting on questions about what compositional approach it has been used, what the intentions of the photographer might be, what the images mean to you based on your own interpretation, and any other questions that might be generated by you.

ii) Looking at each other’s photographs, commenting on them, suggesting new ideas, reflecting on your creative process, and articulating it into your own words. This discussion will be the core of each session, as it will provide you with the opportunity to extract ideas from your own work, discuss the process you followed and make decisions for your future explorations on the weekly projects to follow. At the same time, I will be answering your questions, helping you to clarify your ideas, and giving you suggestions and guidance for further experimentation.

iii) Summing up the main ideas, which were discussed during the previous parts and discussing the nature of your homework. This will be based on a fixed theme for everyone or on individual themes that each one of you might choose.



After the end of each session I will be sending you e-handouts by email


Camera Guidelines - what you will need

- any camera will do including ipads, tablets and mobile phones

- desire to explore a new activity and learn something new 

- open mind to welcome new ideas  - enthusiasm to get creative




Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minimum age is 16 years old


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

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