One of the joys of moving to Byron was to do more of what we loved and less of what we didn’t 😊 Back in February, which feels like a year ago now – we hosted a workshop called The Art of Slow Photography (before Corona put a stop to that kind of thing).
We were thrilled to have English interiors & still-life photographer Joanna MacLennan collaborate in our beautiful space for this one-off workshop. I have been a long-time admirer of Joanna’s, having connected through Instagram, as so many creatives do. The philosophy that underpins her work aligns effortlessly with our life and business ethos.
Joanna’s book, The Foraged Home is not only a beautiful compendium of still life and interiors, but also celebrates the values of sustainability and salvage that our business has always advocated. Joanna strongly believes in restoring, re-purposing and recycling - a less is more approach. She has travelled extensively but is a true Francophile and has lived in Provence for the past 10 years. For Joanna it was her last stop before she returned to her home. Luckily, she made it home before the world changed.
In the workshop Joanna explained the ins and outs of slow photography, types of cameras, and the importance of natural light (& yes it’s okay to use iPhone’s). The space worked brilliantly - there was enough room for everyone to work individually, create their own ‘still-life’ and for Joanna to give them guidance.
Mandy from White Cottage Farm travelled 3 hours from Tenterfield to join us and we were ever so grateful she did. Mandy has a flower farm and bought the most divine BUCKET of roses that everyone went a little silly over! Shortage of props was never going to be a problem as I'm forever adding to our curated collection of sometimes useless, but always beautiful props for in-house photo-shoots.
In the spirit of the French work day - we gathered for lunch & broke bread around a 150-year-old Belgium refectory table, grazing on yummy French cheeses, delicious tapenades. olives and a hearty basket of baguettes – supplied from local businesses the Byron Bay Olive Co and Sunday Sustainable.
By the end of the day everyone had exhausted their photographic eye and were keen to have a very chilled glass of rosé. It wasn’t just the roses or English rose, Joanna, who were wilting in the rather humid February weather...
We are dreaming of hosting and planning future workshops – if you think you have a creative arty idea and are keen to collaborate please get in touch !
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