CREATIVE POP-UP WORKSHOPS

 We have no borders and can go anywhere to bring our creativity to you so you discover yours!

We are creative bunkers and have no limits. For us, there are no problems but only creative solutions. We carry our workshops anywhere: schools, community groups, cultural institutions using different photographic and audiovisual processes.We are also a firm advocate of analogue and experimental photographic processes. 

Fotosynthesis creates spaces where everyone is welcome to express themselves and explore their creativity. We want to make photography and audio-visual art accessible and available to anyone. We believe that each of us is an artist and want to offer this therapeutic and life-changing artistic experience to as many of you as possible. 

Our bespoke workshops are designed for schools, youth and community groups, universities, charities, NGOs, commercial companies, and government institutions. We explore alternative ways of engaging with photography, from digital to analog techniques. Using participatory methods, Literacy Through Photography (LTP), creative photography, sensory and body, the workshops are dynamic, stimulating, and practical. We adapt each workshop to fit with the location and work environment, and above all meet the participants’ needs and aspirations.

* Workshops can be delivered in English, French or Spanish, face to face or online, minimum 1h30.

We have gathered a selection of what we can do.

We have many more ideas and skills and love experimenting!

 

Contact us for more details. Prices depend on the size of the group,

the preparation time, location, logistics, and equipment and materials needed.

PINHOLE

We love building pop-ups darkroom anywhere, we have done more than 50 so far in schools, cultural institutions, youth clubs. Have fun while learning about light, photography, build your own camera made of cardboard boxes or tin, take a picture, and process it. 

PHOTOGRAMS

Create your own images without a camera by using objects, nature, shapes, textures, layers, newspaper, and cutouts, paint with chemicals and with light: make your photograms in our pop-up darkroom wherever you are.

CAMERA OSCURA

Have you ever been inside a camera and observed the outside world from the inside? This is what you can do in a camera obscura. You can understand how the light travels, how photography was invented and works, how the light and lens affect your image, and meditate too.

CYANOTYPE

As the photosynthesis process itself, light gives life to everything, including images. We use the natural sunlight to create the blueprint or cyanotype. No need for a darkroom. We use personal or daily life objects, shapes, newspapers, and nature to create stunning prints.

ANTHOTYPE

Nature is an incredible source of image-making materials! You can use any flowers, plants, vegetables, fruits, and herbs to coat a paper or a cloth (anthotypes) or you can even print an image on a real leaf (chlorophyll prints). It does require very long hours of exposure. 

LIGHT PAINTING

in Greek, PHOTO means ‘light’ and GRAPHY means ‘writing’. So why not using creativity, darkness, light, and long exposure to explore the unknown and experiment. You will be surprised.

STUDIO PORTRAITS

Having a professional portrait taken is not accessible to anyone and is a very empowering and therapeutic as well as a team-building and reflective experience. They can be formal, theme-based, fun, individual, groups or families, for your staff or the community or schools you work with.

STORYTELLING

                                                                                         We use a variety of creative and participatory approaches to engage people in creating and narrating their own stories through visual media or/and audio. Told in a group, stories are richer and can be healing, transformative and create dialogue and understanding, 

ANTI-SELFIE (IDENTITY)

A great activity for exploring identity,representation, hopes and dreams,  similarities and differences, past, present, and future and stimulating some powerful creative writing and self-discovery. Self-portraits with yourself, part of yourself or none of your yourself. 

‘I am particularly impressed by the creative and imaginative strengths of Fotosynthesis. They stimulate interest, nurture imaginations and promote the rights of each individual to have and express their creative voices through visual arts. Being inclusive, relevant, and imaginative — Caroline Baker, The Children’s Society

OUR CLIENTS include the Southbank Centre, Hackney City Farm, Comision de la Verdad (Barcelona), International Catalan Institute of Peace (Barcelona), Mujer Diaspora, Museum of London, Garden Museum, London Transport Museum, Learning Unlimited, Great London Authority, St Guy’s and Thomas Hospital, Creative Sparkworks, The Children’s Society, Beyond Skin (Northern Ireland), primary and secondary schools and colleges, RefugeeYouth, Centro de la Imagen (Dominican Republic), Build Peace (Colombia), London Analogue Festival.