Photography Venice & The Creative Mind

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Photography Venice & The Creative Mind

February 3, 2017 - February 6, 2017

photography Venice 'Venice Steps' photograph by Michael Eldridge from his series of art and creativity workshops in Italy Photography and The Creative Mind

Black & white photography Venice – one of an ongoing series of mini-adventures (workshops in special cities) titled ‘Photography and The Creative Mind’.

Do you know Venice?

That most beautiful of cities that is embedded with history and atmosphere. It is a city unlike any other, and our photographic adventure there in winter and at the cusp of Spring at the beginning of February, (the weekend of the changing of the light), will throw us into its mysteries and leave us vulnerable to its beguiling charms and dark secrets. A weekend of submission to her low shifting light and haunted streets.

Into the Labyrinth

It is a journey into a fascinating realm and also a journey into ourselves where we become mere sounding boards to the shapes, vibrance and splendid loneliness of this unique City.

Our Photography Retreats are designed to excite you, awaken you, and to remind you that a camera is just a machine. And that photography is essentially about your mind; how you perceive yourself and the world outside of you.

Photography Venice with Michael

Michael Eldridge is a painter and a photographer who now lives, works and teaches in Italy. You can read his blog (amusings on Creativity) here: Michael’s Blog.

In the 80’s and 90’s, together with his friend and colleague Tony Maestri, he established an extraordinary Photographic course in the School of Photography at the Bournemouth College of Art (now Arts University Bournemouth AUB) which inspired, and transformed the lives of, a whole generation of student photographers.


Life has moved on of course and in this digital age of rapid information sharing there is little time to stand and stare, and it is this relationship with time that Michael wants to discuss and explore once more during this weekend.

The challenge of this workshop is to take a fresh look at our understanding of creativity and what is required to construct a photographic image when sentient to one’s surroundings.

This workshop is open to everybody who has a fascination for photography Venice and an adventurous spirit. You can bring any form whatever of digital photographic image making device, smartphones, fixed lens or SLR’s.

The most important thing is to bring yourselves.


The Workshop is from Friday 5pm to Monday lunchtime: February 3rd – 6th, 2017.

Travel – Flight possibilities:

  • Ryanair flights from Stansted to Treviso then bus to Venice (currently £35 return)
  • EasyJet from Gatwick to Venice (currently £52 return)
  • Monarch also from Gatwick and many other options.

Tuition – €175

Book Now

To book on this workshop, a deposit of €50 is required; details about how pay from Michael, where you can also find out about B&B accommodation in Venice.
Contact details for Michael;

Update 10th Jan 2017:  Currently, flights from UK airports are still a bargain, starting at £52 return from Gatwick. We have just 4 places left in the gorgeous B&B we have booked at special rates (approx £35 per night sharing a room) so if you’d like to come, please let Michael know asap.

Hope to see you there!


Photography Venice & The Creative Mind was last modified: January 12th, 2017 by Michelle


Michael Eldridge


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