ICM & Creative Photography Workshops

Redefining ICM & Exploring the World through Creative Photography Techniques
Below is information about our previous Far West Cornwall Workshop, held in November 2023.

Far West Cornwall

Southwest England

23-26 November 2023

An Immersive Creative Photography Workshop

23-26 November 2023

This is an all-inclusive retreat with Stephanie Johnson and Bill Ward in the stunningly beautiful land’s end area of England.  This retreat offers meaningful exploration of artistic expression through the use of ICM and creative photography techniques. 

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN CORNWALL

Together, Stephanie and Bill bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, passion, and love that are unparalleled in the genre ICM and Creative Photography.  They also each have very dedicated practices for guiding, mentoring, and coaching others to find their own creative paths with ICM and Creative Photography.  Stephanie and Bill are both extremely passionate teachers who share a similar artistic philosophy and mindfulness approach that makes this an exciting creative opportunity not to be missed.

In this all-inclusive, 3-night retreat, in one of the most spectacular, wild, and rugged landscape locations in all of the United Kingdom, Stephanie and Bill provide an immersive experience of inspiration, creativity, and artistic expression for participants working with ICM, Multiple Exposure ICM, and other Creative Photography techniques. 

Throughout this retreat, you will spend time at some of the most rugged, wild, and wind-swept beaches England has to offer, where you will be fully immersed in the beauty and rejuvenating energy of the natural world.   This premium experience will allow you to connect with your inner creative spirit and to find your artistic voice through the encouraging and inspiring mentoring of Stephanie and Bill.

Expect to switch off from the outside world for a few days, spend time with like-minded creative photographers, and find your inner artist.

FAR WEST CORNWALL AT A GLANCE
  • 3 nights stay at the stylish Land’s End Hotel 
  • 2 highly passionate and experienced tour leaders
  • ICM and creative photography mentoring all throughout the workshop
  • Visits to a variety of stunning Cornwall locations
  • Guest Artist Presentation & Talk
  • Bed & full English breakfast included each morning
  • Packed lunches included each day
  • Dinner service included each evening
  • Complimentary transportation to all workshop locations

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ABOUT BILL & STEPHANIE

Bill Ward

Bill is well-known known for his ICM and Creative approach
to Photography and is the Creative Mind behind 
Bill Ward Photography


Bill is an award-winning British actor and photographer, who is constantly in search of peace and quiet, and creative photography is one of the tools he uses to find that.  He is drawn to water and landscapes, and the time he spends immersed there is a deliberate attempt to explore how it feels to be there in the moment.

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie is an ICM and Creative Photographer at
Stephanie Johnson Photography
and is the Founder of 
ICMPhotoMag – ICM Photography Magazine

Stephanie is an accomplished and recognized leader of ICM Photography, who has dedicated the past several years to perfecting her style and technique.  She leads ICM workshops online and around the world, and is a passionate advocate for encouraging others to see and to experience the world in new ways.

PLANNED ITENERARY

Every effort will be made to maximize the conditions, therefore the itinerary is subject to change.

9 January – Thursday 

  • Meet at Cape Cornwall Club Hotel at 3 pm and head out for a sunset/evening shoot
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Social time and/or a presentation


10 January – Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Sunrise outing
  • Packed lunch from hotel
  • Afternoon outing
  • Sunset outing
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Guest artist presentation & talk
  • Social time


11 January – Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Sunrise outing
  • Packed lunch from hotel
  • Afternoon outing
  • Sunset outing
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Post-processing and social time


12 January – Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Sunrise outing
  • Packed lunch from hotel
  • Afternoon outing
  • Sunset outing
  • Retreat End / Departure


Please Note:
  Ending time for Sunday is roughly 6:00 pm.  Please make sure you have a plan for accommodations on your own and/or travel for Sunday night based on this information.  The retreat cost does not include accommodation for Sunday night.

POTENTIAL OUTING LOCATIONS INCLUDE

  • Cape Cornwall – iconic headland with old tin mine chimney, slipway with fishing boats and huts
  • Land’s End Headland – faces due west for fabulous sunsets 
  • Sennen Beach – flat beach with loads of sand at low tide and nice dune paths
  • Sennen Harbour – fisherman boats on the slipway
  • Gwynver Beach – lovely seascape setting with access to cliff path and walkable around the headland to Sennen
  • Porth Nanven (aka Cott Valley) – famous ‘dinosaur egg’ beach, known for the egg shaped rocks
  • Botallack – old tin mines facing out to sea
  • Porthgwarra – small fishing bay and headland walk
  • Porthcurno – south-facing sandy beach
  • Praa Sands – south-facing sandy beach
  • St Ives – quaint town with colourful buildings, narrow streets, art galleries, north-facing beaches, and a harbour
  • St Michael’s Mount – iconic causeway and Castle on an island
  • Stone Circles/Monuments
  • Additional Possible Harbours, such as Mousehole and Newlyn

GLYN MACEY

Cornwall-Based Landscape Painter

Glyn Macey

Glyn is a painter, mixed media artist, and adventurer who lives in the far west of Cornwall.  His work is inspired by the coastlines, harbours, and rugged landscapes of Cornwall.  He also travels extensively, but he can often be found roaming around Cornwall with a sketchbook in hand to record the details of daily Cornish life.  These sketches are then used as the basis for his paintings.

Glyn endeavors to capture the underlying essence of the landscape and the people who live in it.  Using acrylic, pencil, collage techniques, and glazing, he is able to build rich depth in his paintings through a spontaneous approach to his artistry.   

As our guest artist, Glyn’s talk and presentation will be part demonstration and part thought process.  He has studied the work of Bill and Stephanie, and he sees the crossover between the two worlds…the two worlds being the mediums of what he does as a painter and what Bill and Stephanie do as photographers.  With his vast knowledge and experience of Cornwall, his artistic and creative insights will provide a wealth of inspiration for participants in the creation of their images during the workshop, as well as enabling participants to experience Cornwall in unique ways that will shine through in their image making.

Visit Glyn’s website to learn more about him and to see his creativity on display through his paintings at:
glynmacey.com

You might also enjoy this Creative Conversations video with Glyn, where he talks about being experimental, being more child-like, and staying curious:
Stay Curious

AN AIR OF RUGGED SECLUSION

Situated in an undulating landscape on the cliffs of Cape Cornwall and on the doorstep to the National Trust’s heritage sites, there is nowhere like it in England.
CAPE CORNWALL CLUB

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a World Heritage Site, Cape Cornwall Club is located in a truly iconic location. This charming hotel is full of Cornish character, and each room blends comfort with modern amenities.  Ideally situated on Cape Cornwall, we will be perfectly situated to take advantage of all the rugged beauty Cornwall offers.

Your stay will include the following:

  • A full English breakfast each morning
  • A packed, take away lunch each day
  • Dinner service each evening
  • Complimentary WiFi, tea, and coffee making facilities in room
  • Complimentary access to the pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and gym

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...

BALANCE PAYMENT & TRAVEL TO CORNWALL

1 October 2024 – Registration Cutoff & Balance Payments Due
The full balance of payment is due no later than 1 October 2024.

Requirement for Minimum Number of Participants – 7
If the minimum number to run the workshop is not met by the end of September, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop and a refund of payments received will be given.  We will notify all registered participants no later than September 30th of the decision to run the workshop or to cancel if minimum numbers are not reached by that time.

Please do not book any travel arrangements to Cornwall…including flights…until the decision has been made to run this workshop.  The decision to run or cancel the workshop will be made by 30 September 2024. 

If you book travel arrangements prior to the workshop being called a go, you understand you bear the burden of responsibility for that if it becomes necessary for us to cancel this workshop.

In the event the workshop must be canceled due to the minimum number not being reached, you are personally liable to cover any associated costs for travel you may have booked ahead of this decision.  For general information about cancellations, please refer to the Terms & Conditions.

FITNESS LEVEL

Moderate
Most locations are a short walking distance of parking, but we will be spending long periods of time out in the elements which will require stamina and endurance. Good footwear and warm layers will be essential. There is also the option for longer and tougher walks to more remote locations.

EQUIPMENT

Cameras will need shutter speed priority or manual mode capability.

A camera with Multiple Exposure capability if interested in exploring ME in connection with ICM and creative techniques.

ND filters are recommended….either a variable ND filter or a set of 3-stop and 6-stop ND filters, possibly even a 10-stop ND filter, depending on your lens’s maximum aperture capability.

Multiple batteries, chargers, and high capacity memory cards.

A laptop and a working knowledge of digital workflow for finishing images, as well as the ability to submit images for review and feedback.

Waterproof camera bag / cover.

WHAT TO BRING

Layers and waterproof clothing / footwear are essential

Bring warm, waterproof clothing.  Waterproof trousers and a waterproof coat/jacket with a hood are an absolute must!

Hats and gloves, thermal layers, and walking boots / wellies are recommended.

TRAVEL

Complimentary transportation will be available throughout the duration of the retreat.  However, you will need to make your way to Cornwall on your own.  The meeting point will be at the Cape Cornwall Club at 3 pm UK time on Thursday, 9 January.

If you need help with travel planning, please don’t hesitate to ask.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • All tutoring.
    • Complimentary transportation to workshop locations.
    • Accommodation based on single occupancy.
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Post processing sessions and support.
    • Image review / feedback sessions.
    • ICM and Creative Photography presentations by Bill and Stephanie, as well as a guest speaker.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

    • Any drinks (both non and alcoholic).
    • Additional snacks.
    • Travel to and from Cornwall.
    • Camera / equipment insurance (we highly recommend you purchase this on your own).
    • Travel / personal insurance (we highly recommend you purchase this on your own)

CORNWALL GALLERY

All Images by Bill Ward

This page is an example of the types of events and locations visited during the workshop.

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