This highly interactive workshop explores a wide range of environmental themes through an illustrated seminar, active discussion, image critique, demonstration of techniques, and a practical field trip. It goes beyond the literal representations of ‘nature photography’ to address the thought processes behind creating compelling and meaningful images and visual stories.
The workshop assists participants to improve the impact and interpretative power of their images. In particular, it explores the visual tensions between aesthetics, ecology, and conservation.
What makes some images convincing and others banal? How can we visualise environmental issues such as climate change that are often abstract and insidious?
These questions and more will be actively explored in the context of participants’ own interests in environmental photography and the environment more generally.
The workshop is suitable for people with all levels of environmental knowledge and photographic skill, although participants would be expected to know how to operate their cameras.
The 2022 Love Your Land event series is supported by the Victorian Government.
Alison Pouliot is an ecologist, environmental photographer, natural historian, and devout fungi forager. Her passion for capturing the beauty of the “peculiar and the familiar” has led Alison on a life of adventure teaching and researching in hidden parts of the world. Website: https://alisonpouliot.com
Axe Creek Landcare Group encourages a community-wide, cooperative, multi-disciplinary approach to caring for the land. We seek to understand the knowledge and practices of our traditional landowners, Dja Dja Wurrung; promote sustainable land and water management practices; engage landowners to restore the land, and practice sustainable agriculture.