An opportunity to get away from the pace of life and mindfully explore the beauty and quiet within an urban city that is Arnos Vale Cemetery. We will stroll the grounds and its the pathways be aware of the beauty, the changing light, textures and sounds as we take the opportunity to connect with nature and ourselves through the lens of a camera.
Adrian will also, for those interested, provide some ideas for getting creative with our cameras.Detailed description:
Each day we are being bombarded with sights and sounds, agendas and priorities, yet so rarely make the priority ourselves. And too often when we think of making space for ourselves, we think of the need to travel and get away. Reality often makes this neither viable financially or in our diaries. If that, too often is your reality this is a photography walk just for you. Suitable for all people and all camera types from camera phones, tablets and DSLR, Arnos Vale cemetery is an often undiscovered photography gem located on the A37 just a 20 minute walk or so from Bristol Temple Meads. Full of pathways and trails it is an endless opportunity for any photographer to be fully present in the surroundings. There is no rush as we take in together nature, colour, shapes, shadows and textures and possibly even some street art! Arnos Vale provides every opportunity to try out some new camera settings as together we take in all that is around us. Adrian, who lives locally regularly uses Arnos Vale for his own mindful photography and has led groups here for photography and well being walks. During our time Adrian will offer guidance in: Slowing down and creating space in photography for well being. The essence of Mindful Photography. Exploring camera settings, including those on camera phones. Working with light and shadows. Exploring the opportunities for silhouettes. Hearing some of the stories of the grounds. Notes: The path at the start of the walk is on a steeper incline but we are in no rush. Come prepared with appropriate footwear. At the time of writing the café should be open at the beginning and end of our walk.
I discovered Arnos Vale afresh during the periods of lockdown as a place of calm and a place to reconnect. Approximately 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and a chronic lack of self worth. Photography as a means of expression, creativity and well being have been my passion ever since. So much so that I quit my job to help others discover, explore and engage with what changed my life. Since then my life has had a sense of richness and calm that has allowed me the space to explore and develop my own writing and photography. The last 3 years I have had written work published in a book, been involved in a film on mental health and one a number of local photography awards.
Arnos Vale is a place of calm, beauty and history. As you walk its large grounds, trails and paths we will have ample opportunity to stop, look, listen and feel the beauty to be found in the city. Adrian might also throw in some history and stories! This is a stroll, not a hike and we will stop as you wish just to be, perhaps to journal or take some photographs all in the presence of a photographer who loves this place as he hopes you will.
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