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LSP Newsletter #45

Photo: Michael Kenna

February 2016 – Newsletter #45

Welcome to our February Newsletter

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This month we feature British photographer Michael Kenna, known for his B&W
images photographed in ethereal light, often with very long exposures (up to 10 hours).
The assignment theme is Symmetry. Submit your images to win a £200 discount voucher
to attend any 
course or workshop at LSP.

We started the Part Time Professional Course last week and new dates for September
are already published. The same course can be completed as Full Time (7 weeks)
or Flexible (from 2 to 6 months) and if you have ever done a workshop with us,
you can upgrade to the Professional Programme deducting any amount you already
paid from the fee.


Level 1
(£250 instead of £295)
4 Days Photography 

 (£550 instead of £595)


Part-Time Professional
Photography Course


Congratulations to Anatolie Poiata who won January’s Assignment #44 – ArchitectureSimple lines, high contrast and perspective made this shot stand out. Contrast not only of grey tones, black & white but also of textures: stone & clouds.

Anatolie wins a £200 discount voucher to attend any Workshop at LSP, including the Professional Photography Course.

February’s Assignment is published below and the deadline to submit your images is February 29th. The winner will be announced in our March Newsletter.

Photo © Michael Kenna

TIP #45 

We are surrounded by symmetry and patterns, both naturally and artificially occurring. Symmetry can make your photographs very attractive, especially in situations when you don’t expect it to happen.

There are different types of symmetry, the simplest is Reflection Symmetry (also called Mirror Symmetry). It is easy to see, because one half is the exact reflection of the other half. The Line of Symmetry can be in any direction: up-down, left-right or diagonal. , 

In Rotational Symmetry, the image is rotated (around a central point) so that it appears 2 or more times (like a dartboard, for example). And Point Symmetry is when every part has a matching part the same distance from the central point but in the opposite direction (like in playing cards).

Each symmetry type evokes a different sensation. Reflection symmetry is static, harmonious and organised, while Rotational and Point Symmetries are dynamic and pass the idea of continuity and movement.

Photo © Michael Kenna
In theory, symmetric composition goes against a very basic rule you are likely to find in every photography book: the infamous ROT or rule of thirds. This rule is a good starting point but only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to composing our images.
It’s sole 
purpose if looked at simply, seems to be to help us place the main subject out of
the centre of the frame.

But who said that a picture wouldn’t look good with a subject dead in the center?
If that is your intention and you have a valid reason, I can assure you, it will come
through and the picture will work.

The center is infact the most powerful place within our frame to be aware of and
to use wisely. Rudolf Arnheim dedicated a whole book to it;
The Power of the Center, a study of composition in the visual arts.
It’s a great read, if you want to go beyond the rule of thirds and take your
composition to the next level, I highly recommend it.

We also prepared a Pinterest board to get you inspired. Check out how symmetry can be found everywhere, from portraits to reflections. In fashion, nature and architecture.
It can be premeditated or captured by chance.

Look at your archive or go out to shoot and send us your Symmetric images for a chance to win a £200 discount voucher to book any Course or Workshop at LSP.

Please submit your photos here (maximum 3 images per person). Login or register to be able to upload. Deadline: January 31st.

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credit: NASA SDO/GSFC/ Michael Benson, Kinetikon Pictures

Embark on a journey through space with this photographic exhibition by Michael Benson, featuring original music by Brian Eno.

Otherworlds explores the beauty of our solar system and demonstrates that the visual legacy of six decades of space exploration constitutes a visually stunning, important chapter in the history of photography.

Raw data provided by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) missions has been painstakingly processed and assembled for public display.

Created by artist, curator and writer Michael Benson, the 77 composite images on display represent a joining together of art and science.

– See more..

The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD 
22 January – 15 May 2016