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A PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE WITH DON MCCULLIN

Somerset, England

THE WILDS OF SOMERSET IN MONOCHROME  

Uncover the raw beauty of the West Country on a photographic journey with renowned photojournalist Don McCullin. Since moving to Somerset some forty years ago, Don has developed an intimate relationship with the county’s wild, rural landscapes which he has painstakingly captured in countless meditative images. Join him in conversation as he reflects on a long career and expands on his creative process, taking simple natural elements and transforming them into dramatic monochromatic compositions.  

 

What does he find so compelling in the natural landscapes of Somerset? What inspires him to return time and again to capture the essence of favoured locations?   

 

Accompanied by professional photographers and wildlife experts, explore the entrancing Somerset countryside, practising skills on carefully designed photography workshops, unwind in traditional English country house comfort and sample the very finest local produce prepared by a talented West Country chef.

AN INTIMATE OBSERVATION OF DON MCCULLIN’S SOMERSET

Begin a photographic exploration of the West Country at the pioneering Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, joining the gallery’s director for a thoughtful interpretation of specially chosen works displayed in current exhibitions. In the tranquil surrounds of a nearby country house, hear from Don how his journey with photography has developed, as he talks of his love for Somerset and offers his insights into the technical skills he has honed over decades to create his impactful images. What light and weather conditions does he look for when creating his atmospheric compositions? This evening, a celebrated local chef prepares a memorable dinner featuring the finest Somerset produce.  

“If you look again at McCullin’s landscapes, you start to sense the figure who made the pictures, invisible behind the lens, stepping forward with nothing but his own shadow” - Mark Holborn

TUNING PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES IN BRUTON

Discover the rural beauty of Somerset with Don, embarking on a professional photoshoot expedition accompanied by an experienced digital photo assistant and a fully-equipped support vehicle. Uncover the landmarks and timeless landscapes that continue to inspire Don’s work, including the Bruton dovecot and the hilltop dew pond, whose simple beauty has drawn him back so many times. What vision is Don attempting to convey through these repeated scenes?

A sumptuous lunch is served beside an open fire in a spectacular location, featuring a fine selection of locally-sourced produce. Take time to appreciate the landscaped gardens of Stourhead and browse Bruton’s art galleries and antique shops, before dinner at one of Bruton’s highly-regarded restaurants. 

A WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS IN THE SOMERSET LEVELS  

Join a celebrated wildlife photographer and an expert from the Somerset Wildlife Trust on a morning excursion in the Somerset Levels, a unique landscape of broad plains and moors that Don has lovingly chronicled over the years. In winter, large flocks of birds gather here and it’s a perfect setting to practise a range of advanced photographic techniques, capturing the legendary starling murmurations in the skies above and the interplay of light and shadow across the open land and water. How do the technical challenges of landscape and nature photography change over the seasons?

Taste one of Somerset’s finest products on a visit to a nearby Slow Food cheese maker and practise architectural photography, creating images of the magnificent Wells Cathedral. Returning to Bruton, there is an opportunity to share and discuss the photographs taken over the previous two days in the insightful company of the photoshoot leaders. 

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DON MCCULLIN

A globally renowned photojournalist, in recent years Don McCullin has turned his eye to chronicling the English countryside, creating dramatic monochrome compositions of seemingly timeless landscapes.

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