Photography At Château L’age Baston 8th September 2018 – 7 Nights £1,375

Photography CourseHow often do you feel you could take better pictures with just a little more know-how and understanding? This photography course is designed for you to get the most from your own photography.

Tutored by acclaimed international photographers John Darwell and Barry Ainsworth who aim to help you to understand how good images come from the individual and not always from the latest or most costly equipment.

This photography course will be informative and entertaining. With two tutors working in small groups by the end of the week your photography will have taken a major leap forward.

During your six days of tuition we will visit locations to explore historic sites, picturesque landscapes, peaceful villages, lively traditional markets and to savour the French countryside and all it has to offer. Guidance will be given as to how ‘seeing photographically’ will allow you to get the most out of your equipment whether a novice or experienced practitioner.

The course starts Sunday morning with planning and preparation followed by an afternoon session on location in La Rochefoucauld. Included in the following sessions will be location visits to Angouleme, Piegut Pluviers Market, Brantome and to selected landscape sites.

We also plan to have three elective sessions for you to follow your own photographic muse. The week will end with a session on post-production software, we will be demonstrating how images can be adjusted. The darkroom is not dead!

John and Barry’s plan is for an enjoyable, useful and creative week improving your photography and taking full advantage of all delights of food, company and comfort that the Chateau has to offer. They will be doing do their professional best to ensure your time at Château L’Age Baston is rewarding and challenging.

They are highly experienced photographers with decades of image-making to their names and both have worked in higher education in the UK and internationally. John is currently a visiting speaker at universities across the UK and Europe. They are sympathetic, expert and have just the right combination of skills and personalities to help you develop your own ‘way of seeing’ during what will be our first exciting photographic week at L’Age Baston.

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Your Photography Tutors

John Darwell

Photographer John DarwellJohn Darwell is an independent photographer working on long-term projects that reflect his interest in social and industrial change. The environment and issues arising from the depiction of mental health are major concerns of his. John has a substantial body of work to his name and has an established and growing reputation as a maker of insightful and powerful images. To date he has had eighteen monographs of his work published and features in numerous books on the history of contemporary photography.

His work has been widely displayed and published in magazines and journals. There have been numerous exhibitions of his work in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, the USA, (Houston Foto Fest, New York and San Francisco), Mexico, South America and the Canary Islands. It also features in a number of important collections including the National Museum of Media/Sun Life Collection, Bradford; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

In 2008 he gained his PhD for research for his work entitled ‘A Black Dog Came Calling’. He is currently Reader in Photography at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle.

Some of John’s work can be seen online at

Barry Ainsworth

Photographer Barry AinsworthBarry Ainsworth is a British photographer now based in the south-west of France. His areas of interest reflect his geographical location. His focus is on the people, the vernacular and domestic architecture and the landscapes of wherever he is.

His recent projects in France include studies of the River Charente from source to sea, abandoned industrial landscapes and a series on private French houses.

Barry went to the University of Salford, and received a BA Honour’s degree in Art with a specialization in Photography. Later, in addition to private practice, he was a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the BA Honours Photography course at Stockport College of F&HE.

He lived and worked in Bahrain, both continuing his photographic practice and working within education before relocating to La belle France.

He has exhibited in various galleries in the UK and now shows recent projects at galleries within the Charente/Dordogne region.

Some of Barry’s work can be seen online at

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