Bailey Chinnery Photography Creative Growth tour of Tuscany - 19th-25th April 2021
Sequencing session - images printed with our Canon Pixma
“This book represents the highlights of a week’s worth of discussion, questioning and creative play in the rural elegance of the Tuscan landscape during the first week of April, 2019. It is particularly special for us as it follows on from the first ever ‘Creative Growth’ tour for Bailey Chinnery Photography.
In 2018 we decided we wanted to run a workshop where the emphasis is as much on classroom based sessions as it is on practical endeavours. We chose our accommodation with much care and it was clear from he moment we discovered the Villa Mangiacane - with its rich and diverse history and connection to the arts, it would be the ideal location for us to base our tour. The fact that the classroom sessions were held in the Villa’s cavernous wine cellar - consecrated with ageing barrels and fragrant with fermenting grapes only served to invigorate that creative imperative.
While realising this format is not going to be right for everyone, we hold a belief in the importance of discussion, debate, questioning and the tossing around of new ideas, however disparate they may seem. A group environment also encourages participation in a way that is not necessarily achievable out in the field and it is our hope that pushing people to the edge of their comfort zone in this way will bring myriad benefits.
We all know that the creative process - the innovation and self discovery - is not a single event. It is a long journey of revelation, transformation and the slow burn of illumination as we channel out our own path. A path that takes a lifetime to negotiate. It is our hope that we have been able to provide a little encouragement along the way.
Similarly, the format of these workshops will continue to evolve as we seek out different destinations and continue to develop as artists ourselves. It is an enormous privilege to teach - and to be able to do so in such a magical environment, with a stimulating and enthusiastic group can only be described as extraordinarily good fortune.
We had tears, laughter, sun and rain, and really quite a lot of Chianti. We both feel the images in this book are testament to the power of the group dynamic and convey a much more compelling sense of the beauty of the Tuscan landscape and the rich heritage of Villa Mangiacane than any conventional pin-sharp representation could hope to.
Valda and Doug x”
DINING AT VILLA MANGIACANE - an experience to savour. This tour is INCLUSIVE of all evening meals and wine. Most dinners will be taken at Villa Mangiacane where they provide a seasonal four course menu with wine from their own estate. We will also take a short drive to the trattoria in the village for a change of scenery.
TESTIMONIALS FROM CREATIVE GROWTH WORKSHOP, April 2019
'First of all thank you for a fantastic few days in Tuscany - I really enjoyed it and found lots of inspiration and food for thought in the various talks, presentations and projects! Sharing and discussing our work with each other definitely brought the workshop to another level and not only helped our creative output, but I think also made the group more dynamic and involved with each other. A successful formula to take forward! Janet's suggestion was very worthwhile and it makes a real difference to see your working methods and thought processes in addition to learning the theoretical workings of the camera.' A.T.
'I was looking forward to your first ‘Creative Workshop’ in Tuscany for a long time and it certainly lived up to my expectations. The venue was perfect - carefully chosen to help up develop our skills. Also, the group size was smaller than I have usually experienced on other photographic workshops and this is a definite plus. The itinerary was extremely varied - I found the mixture of classroom based learning and out on field a good balance - you can definitely learn a lot from other people on workshops too. Apart from being great teachers you are also great company.' M.D.
'I thought the tour was excellent and met both the prospectus and my own expectations. I felt creatively challenged during the tour, yet came back with images that successfully responded to those challenges. I further developed my techniques and my approach to impressionistic photography. A special highlight was the hotel – its location; its buildings, gardens and statuary; its food and its staff. I would strongly recommend you return there for future workshops – and of course you have already booked next year’s! I really enjoyed the indoor sessions, both the thought-provoking presentations and the viewing & critique of images taken by tour members during the week. I also greatly benefited from the sharing of ideas, techniques and approaches by other members. I hope they in turn gained something from me.' D.T.