Artistic Geo-photography

an outdoor workshop with Andrew Godsalve

Are you curious about geology and photography? 

This outdoor walking workshop is about the joy of photographing rocks, sand, fossils and other geological formations, led by an artist interested in the science of geology. 

While walking the beach at East Bay, participants will engage with earthen textures and histories through the artistic use of the lens. We will learn about shooting landscapes and small pebbles, and we will create photo- abstractions that blur the boundaries between things large and tiny. 

Photo credit: Alicial Hunt

I am an artist captivated with the idea of geodiversity – the idea that our geologic earth is a collage of difference. Each land is unique, an ever-changing and non-repeatable fabric of different minerals, animals, plants and theories. I work with the understanding that there is no such thing as a timeless landscape – rather each landscape is time-rich: if fossils can be seen as photographs, then broader terrains can be read as photo albums, whose contents are being continually revised. Every land is a shifting multitude, rife with slices of different pasts, present-times and potential futures embedded within it.

Photo credit: Alicial Hunt

Through my work I seek to ask: What happens when we make landscape photography play by geology’s rules? How do our ideas about space, time and environment change when this question is posed? The past times of Earth are unpredictable, and much can be learned by listening to its layered stories. 

WHEN: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 7 & 8  November 2020  from  10 am – Noon

WHERE: the beach at East Bay; participants will meet at the Partridge Island Beach parking lot adjacent to Ottawa House shortly before 10am.

COST: $25 / person. No charge for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult.

REGISTRATION: To register, please email fun@hmsnonesuch.com or call 514-979-3978.

The four main objectives of this workshop are as follows. First, to show how geological photography can be a fascinating journey between shooting landscapes, abstractions and very small things. Second, to encourage participants to approach geological science through an artistic lens, showing how an aesthetic interest can foster a curiosity about the earth processes that brought these features into being. Third, to allow participants to grow their confidence in using a camera in an inclusive environment of mutual learning. Fourth, to show participants an enjoyable and rewarding way of engaging with the natural world, embracing the slowness of geological creation.

The workshop is open to all skill levels of photography, and all levels of familiarity with geological concepts. Learning will happen on a basis of mutual respect and inclusiveness as we share our different techniques, theories and ideas.

Participants will be expected to bring their own cameras to use during the workshop. There are no requirements as to the type of camera to be used, so long as the participant is excited about taking photographs with it. Participants should be prepared to move slowly along a rocky beach for 2 hours. It is advised that participants wear weather-appropriate clothing as well as sturdy footwear appropriate for navigating uneven terrain.

Participants will meet at the Partridge Island Beach Parking lot adjacent to Ottawa House shortly before 10am.

Outdoor Launch and Reading

Saturday, 25 July at 1pm join us in front of Main & Station for the launch of Shredding Plywood. Seating and refreshments will be available. 
In case of rain, the launch will instead be held at the Nonesuch Centre, 171 Queen (The former United Church)

Books will be for sale at the launch or can be purchased at Main & Station (open by appointment only). If you cannot attend the launch or visit the bookshop and would like to order a copy of Shredding Plywood, send an email and an e-transfer for $20 + hst + $6 postage (within Canada) = $29 to fun@hmsnonesuch.com. If you wish to order multiple copies or from outside Canada, send us an email with your address and we will send you an invoice.