(All of the above will be talks accompanied by a presentation)
A Brief About the Workshop
Is photography art? I will talk about photography in the 21st century and its place in our daily lives as well as in the art sphere.
What is photo art? Photo art is an idea most people dont understand. I will describe it and explain how its different from straight forward photography.
Is art a luxury or a necessity? This is a very important question for anyone to ask, especially if you are entering or are already practicing in any of the creative fields. I will talk about my thoughts and philosophies on this matter.
Great photographic artists I will delve into photographic works created under the very criterias of how we define photo art today by photographers/artists who saw their work in that very way. I will also list out and talk about these photographic artists and what made their work photo art and not simple photography.
How a photograph is made? I will firstly talk about the difference in taking a photograph and making a photograph. I will also talk about the technical aspect of making a photograph using the basic pinhole camera as an example. I will then talk about all the various options in terms of mediums and cameras there are to suit anyone and everyone.
Digital versus analogue photography I will talk about the differences in both mediums, basic and a little advanced, practices and final output/rendering of the image. I will also talk about the origins of analogue photography and how the digital medium came into being.
Movements in Photography I will talk about the various movements that have taken place in photography in the last hundred odd years of its existence. Such as
Shibu Arakkal will also talk about Photo-Impressionism, Hyperrealism etc..
My work I have practiced a style of photography that came intuitively to me and I didnt know what it was called in the beginning. I learned that the kind of photography I liked practicing was to do with interpretations of what I saw and felt. I practiced this approach to photography for over twenty three years, to a limited extent even when I took on commercial assignments such as fashion, architecture, portraits or travel based work. I will talk about what my work is today to add context to who I am and why I talk about photography in the way I do.
Demonstration This demonstration will be one where I will look at the most basic of analogue film cameras, the pinhole and how it works and it is used, including loading film etc.. We will also look at a digital DSLR camera and its working and usage. I will also talk about certain practices of mine to help anyone who wants to get better.
Questions This will be a session which will include the audience and give them a chance to ask me questions on the entire workshop or anything in particular. I will keep this open ended so as to be able to entertain as many questions as possible and have a meaningful and serious dialogue with the audience. To make the workshop interesting for all and particularly people interested in photography, all aspects mentioned above will be illustrated with a presentation along with my talk. The demonstration might need to be video-graphed and simultaneously projected on the screen for everyone to see, especially if we are looking at a number of about 30 to 50 people.
A brief on Shibu Arakkal
Shibu Arakkal is an award winning photo-artist who has practised his art for over twenty years, having exhibited extensively in India and abroad with his work being part of various collections.
Having exhibited at the Royal College of Art in London, the Arad International Biennale in Romania, and the National Exhibition of Art in India, Arakkals work is in private and institutional collections in India and in countries such as China, Singapore, USA and Australia. Amongst his notable distinctions, Arakkal was awarded first prize in photography at the Arad International Biennale and first prize in digital art at the Ventipertrenta digital art festival in Italy and was the recipient of the 'Lorenzo il Magnifico' Gold Prize in digital art at the Florence Biennale 2013.
He has travelled extensively through Europe and Asia for his work. He live and works in Bangalore, India.
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