New Beginnings..

For many, the autumn heralds the onset of winter, the end of summer, a season that engenders melancholy and sadness.  For me, perhaps it’s because I was born in October, autumn is a time for new beginnings and it’s probably my favourite season.  From a photographic point of view the opportunities are endless.

In keeping with my many new beginnings, new school years, new schools, that giant leap from school to university and being away from home for the first time, this autumn is no exception.  I’ve taken the leap from teaching workshops in Cornwall to teaching week-long photography courses in Iceland.  This has been in the planning for many months.  I’ve made many friends in Iceland in the process.  There hasn’t been so much time for photography or blogging but everything is now in place.  I finished the website last night and we’re good to go.

Hvaines IV

The courses are aimed at photographers of all levels.  For those that need it, we quickly cut through the unnecessary (in my opinion) complications and jargon that photo journalists regurgitate endlessly (well they’ve got to write about something I suppose) that keeps many new photographers floundering, to the fundamentals of exposure and the manual operation of your camera.  From there, we get to what’s really important.  The more esoteric aspects of photography that are perhaps harder to teach and for this reason, are overlooked by many of the photography courses and workshops out there.

Sneafellsness Peninsular

We concentrate on unravelling the person behind the viewfinder, investigating their relationship with the camera and subject and exploring why this is so important in terms of developing photographically.  In this process we take the photographer beyond the snapshot, beyond creating facsimiles of a scene to creating pieces of art that reflect the person making the pictures.  In the process we develop that all important photographic voice that sets individual photographers and their work apart.  Something that’s so important in a world awash with imagery.

Stokksnes, East Iceland

To do this I’ve deliberately chosen a location that in my mind cannot fail to inspire, enthrall and contribute hugely to this process that I’m describing.  For me Iceland has it all and I can’t think of a better place in which to teach photography.  I’m sure that by the end of the course, those attending will be as smitten as I am and will no doubt return to continue their journey..

Some of you may have noticed the Iceland in Focus link in the footer of my blog.  This widget links to my website where course details and dates can be found.  I look forward to seeing some of you in Iceland.  I’ll be there for the next couple of weeks.  I have a few meetings to attend but for the most part, I’m looking forward to lots of photography!  ;-)

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64 responses

  1. Wow, new beginnings indeed! I wish you much success in your venture, but most of all, lots of fun and a well deserved sense of satisfaction as you see the efforts of your work come to fruition. Your images are as always truly amazing, I’m so sorry I haven’t yet had the time to acknowledge many of your blog entries lately because I have been so busy away from the computer. Many a photography enthusiast will come away from your courses feeling inspired after catching a glimpse of the person behind your camera, and perhaps beginning to understand the essence of your photographs, thus being able to let that filter in to their own development. Building your legacy, already ;-)

    October 1, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    • Thank you so much Sonja, you’re very kind. I’m really looking forward to doing more teaching. It’s something I’ve always loved to do and to combine teaching with photography, well, for me the two go together perfectly :-)

      October 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm

  2. Lemonpath

    Stunning photographs, Good Luck on your new venture in Iceland!

    October 1, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    • Thank you very much Debz! Much appreciated! :)

      October 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  3. Great photo’s and wish you a very succesfull new begin

    October 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    • Thank you very much Marylou! :-)

      October 1, 2015 at 6:48 pm

  4. That is terrific news Adrian, I wish you tremendous success. I’ve forwarded your info to a good friend here on Kiawah who is thinking about an Iceland Journey. I can think of no one better than you to share the secrets of that magical place!

    October 1, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    • Thank you so much Tina and thank you for passing my details on, that’s very kind. As you say, Iceland really is a magical place and a photographer’s dream location. :-)

      October 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm

  5. How fantastic, Adrian! Amazing news and I’m stoked for your success xx

    October 1, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    • Thank you Marina! Fingers crossed! :-)x

      October 1, 2015 at 8:20 pm

  6. Black Lightness

    Great photos…inspire…

    October 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    • Hvala vam puno! :-)

      October 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm

  7. Well I know what I’m saving up for!!! Brilliant news :-D

    October 1, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    • Thank you Sarah! It would be great to have you along! :-)

      October 1, 2015 at 11:39 pm

  8. So impressive, Adrian!! Good luck with the courses. I’m sure they’ll be very popular. Your photos here are absolutely wonderful. :)

    October 1, 2015 at 8:57 pm

  9. leecleland

    All the best with this great new adventure Adrian. Sound like you have found your perfect fit.

    October 1, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    • Thank you so much Lee. I really think I have! :-)

      October 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm

  10. poppytump

    Wishing you EVERY success with your new beginnings ChillB , I know how much hard work and effort has gone into reaching this launch day ;-)
    With Iceland being such a Landscape Photographer’s dream AND you at the helm as Pro Photographer tutor what more could one ask for :-)

    October 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    • Thank you Poppy! Your support has been invaluable and hugely appreciated. With everything in place now bar a couple of meetings, we’ve got a couple of weeks of exceptional photography to look forward to in Iceland. I can’t wait.. that flight on Sunday morning can’t come soon enough! See you there.. :-)x

      October 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm

  11. I’m totally with you that autumn is the time for new beginnings as so many new things start then (and as another October child I am not at all biased). I am in total awe of your photography and your aspirations and wish you every success with the new venture. I am sure you will do very well as you are not only a great photographer, but you so obviously have a great affinity with the soul of a place. I’d love to visit Iceland and I’d love to come on one of your photo trips, but I am very much a novice with manual settings so I need to work on those whilst I save up. Hopefully you’ll be there for a few years :-D

    October 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    • Thank you Jude! I really appreciate your comment. These courses really are aimed at photograpers of all levels. Tuition is very much tailored to individual need. I only take small groups so there’s loads of time of individial one on one tutuoring. That said, I certainly intend to be running courses for several years to come and it’d be a pleasure to have you along jude, whenever you feel you’re ready to get the very best from the experience. :-)

      October 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm

  12. I think I’ve been following you for a handful of years, now, Adrian…and your work continues to amaze and inspire me. Thank you for bringing us along on your newest adventure…..wishing you the best of fun and success. :)

    October 2, 2015 at 1:32 am

    • Thank you Scott! I really appreciate that! :-)

      October 2, 2015 at 8:29 am

      • You are most welcome, Adrian. :)

        October 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm

  13. As a fellow October baby, I agree Autumn is the best season and your photographs of Iceland are really inspiring to an amateur landscape photographer such as myself. The landscape of Iceland is truly awe-inspiring and magical. One of your shots, which I shared on Facebook today, made me think of Mordor! :-)

    October 2, 2015 at 8:18 am

    • Thank you Vicky! Iceland is an amazing landscape. Very other-worldly in places! :-)

      October 2, 2015 at 8:33 am

  14. weedimageoftheday

    What a wonderful experience and opportunity! I wish you much success and inspiration.

    October 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      October 2, 2015 at 2:36 pm

  15. This is fantastic Adrian….what an exciting venture, and indeed adventure. You never know I may end up on one of your courses one day. I’m absolutely thrilled for you 😊

    October 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    • Thank you so much Mark. I’m really excited about the venture and the adventure.. :-)

      October 10, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  16. Superb set of images!

    October 2, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    • Thank you Robyn!

      October 10, 2015 at 6:28 pm

  17. Truly AWESOME photo series. :-)

    October 4, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    • Thank you very much Frank!

      October 10, 2015 at 6:28 pm

  18. Great pictures, Adrian! Good luck, I’m sure it will be a huge success!

    October 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    • PS. The link doesn’t work..

      October 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    • Thank you so much Camilla. I’m sorry the link didn’t work for you, I have checked and it’s working for me so not quite sure what’s going on there.. :-/

      October 10, 2015 at 6:29 pm

  19. That sounds wonderful. Good Luck with it! The photo is a terrific one.

    October 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    • Thank you ever so much Bumba! :-)

      October 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

  20. Great news, Adrian. I wish all the best for you workshop. I know it’s going to be exciting. And of course your images along with the announcement of the workshop are excellent. :-)

    October 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

    • Thank you so much Otto. That’s very kind.

      October 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

  21. Adrian, what great news. I really like what you said above about the focus of your workshops being an investigation into the relationship among the person, camera and landscape, and what makes that unique. And that final photo above is one of my favorites, because it combines impressive, distant scenery with something very human and workaday, which connects one into the picture. Have fun!

    October 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    • Thank you so much Lynn. That’s really very kind! :-)

      October 10, 2015 at 6:32 pm

  22. Mmmm, three incredibly diversely unique shots that are spectacular in scope. The lighting in #2 along with the mist/clouds is just an intense shot, that I find relaxing as well. Beautiful work Adrian.

    October 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    • Thank you so much Randall! :-)

      October 10, 2015 at 6:39 pm

  23. This is excellent news, Adrian. We’re very impressed with all the hard work invested and foremost your courage, a brave step indeed. I’d love to attend one of those WS one day. The four of us wish you the best of fun, lots of inspiration, success and happiness out there.
    Take care,
    Dina & co x

    October 7, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    • Thank you Dina, Klausbernd, Siri and Selma, As ever, you are all so very kind. I really hope it all works out! :-)

      October 10, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      • We keep our fingers and wings crossed for you, Adrian. :-)
        Take care.<3

        October 14, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      • Thank you so much Dina! Your best wishes mean an awful lot to me! :-)

        October 20, 2015 at 5:49 pm

  24. I agree with you … think autumn is the best season and it comes a little more complacent. Maybe it’s like you that I was born in October, though I probably would have liked it anyway since’re all seasons amazing, but think autumn is the best! Nice pictures! I looked at the series Poldark last weekend and felt that Cornwall is really a place one should go to, so beautiful! :-)

    October 8, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    • Thank you so much! I hope you make it to Cornwall one day. The landscape is a constant source of inspiration! :-)

      October 10, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      • I am sure of that! Thnk you Chilibrook! :-)

        October 11, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      • :-)

        October 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm

  25. This is wonderful. Best of luck Adrian!

    October 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    • Thank you very much Jim! :-)

      October 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm

  26. Well! I’d love to join one of your workshops at some point, Adrian. I can’t think of a more inspiring workshop leader.

    October 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    • It would be such a pleasure to meet you Karen and have you along on one of the workshops one day! Thank you so much! :-)

      October 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm

  27. Very best with the workshops. Lucky, lucky students.

    October 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    • Thank you so much Elena! That’s very sweet of you to say! :-)

      October 22, 2015 at 11:51 am

  28. I wish you all the best with your new enterprise – assuming you’ve gone into it with your usual drive, determination and dedication it’s bound to succeed!

    November 29, 2015 at 10:40 am

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      December 2, 2015 at 7:25 am

  29. Hugely impressive – success is assured from the quality of presentation.

    December 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm