As looming apartment buildings and construction sites encroach on Canberra’s dwindling bushland space, how do we appreciate and give space to the areas of land that are equally enriching to ourselves and the ecosystems that live within them? A special plot of land under the title of Bluetts Block may just be the answer.
PhotoAccess is excited to present On The Western Edge: Witnessing Bluetts, a workshop revolving around the diversely rich eucalypt ecosystem of Bluetts Block in partnership with ecologist and photographer David Wong. Over a period of seven months, participants will gain a deep appreciation of the resident animals, plants and fungi as well as the non-living things and ecological processes that shape the place. All this while capturing intriguing images of their experiences. All levels of photographic experience welcome.
Bluetts Block is a natural area on the edge of Canberra’s rapidly growing urban footprint. Located close to the upcoming Denman Prospect area, the site has been subject to a range of land uses over the years. Recently the natural values of the site, as well as the potential threats to it, have prompted many Canberrans to push for protection of the site.
On The Western Edge: Witnessing Bluetts will run over seven sessions, with each session running at the end of each month, starting in April and ending in October. For each session, you will be accompanied by David Wong and specialised tutors that have a range of knowledge about the wildlife and landscape of Bluetts Block.
As a collective, the workshop will work towards an in-situ exhibition at Bluetts Block and a professionally produced photo-book showcasing the outcomes of the experience. Photo-book production and printing costs for the in-situ exhibition are included in your workshop fee.
This project is partly supported by a Eucalypt Australia Dahl Fellowship
Session One, Saturday 30 April, 10am-1pm
Session Two, Saturday 28 May, 9am-12pm
Session Three, Saturday 25 June, 2:30pm-5:30pm
Session Four, Saturday 30 July, 3:30pm-6:30pm
Session Five, Saturday 27 August, 8am-11am
Session Six, Saturday 24th September, 9am-12pm
Session Seven, Saturday 22nd October, 9am-12pm
Exhibition and book launch date TBC
For this workshop you’ll need:
You may like to also bring along a tripod, flashlight, camera flash, filters and/or lenses with focal lengths varying from wide angle to telephoto.
Please remember that it will not be possible to charge batteries, etc, at Bluetts Block and you will need to be able to comfortably carry your equipment.
For the sessions, you will need to wear stout boots or shoes, long pants and a shirt with sleeves, and bring a hat, sunscreen and water bottle. It will be cool under the forest canopy so please also bring something warm to wear.
David Wong is an ecologist and photographer interested in how we relate and respond to the natural world as well as the role of photography as a vehicle for encouraging an interest in our environment within the community. He has facilitated or been involved in, a number of initiatives that invite community members to experience and appreciate nature in a new way through photography.
Enrolments for this workshop close at 5pm on Tuesday, 26th April, 2022. PhotoAccess reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there are insufficient enrolments. If we have to cancel, you’ll receive a full refund.
PhotoAccess will happily refund or transfer workshop fees up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop. If less than 7 days notice is given PhotoAccess will transfer fees to another workshop but will charge a transfer fee of either 25% of the workshop cost or $50, whichever is less. No refunds or transfers can be given once a workshop has started. Please note that memberships purchased in conjunction with a workshop enrolment are non-refundable. See Terms and Conditions for further details.
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