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Image and Word

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Led by: Paul Sanders, Adrian Beasley and Clea Beasley

9th - 12th October 2023

3 Nights Bed, Breakfast, Snack lunch and Evening meal*

3 Leaders, 6 clients

The aim/intention

To use one location to explore a deeper side to your photography by incorporating writing - be it poetry, short essay, quotes - into some finished prints or a small book at the end of the workshop. If you opt to make a book, we will be making a concertina style book with end papers and cloth binding. All instruction, materials and tools are provided. No prior experience of book making is needed.



Photography is experiential, it is deeply personal and expressive of a moment in time.


This is a unique photography experience. Paul Sanders, Adrian Beasley and Clea Beasley will help you explore a deeper side to your own photography and create something unique to capture the moment.


We will be based in one location for the whole of our workshop. This will give us time to explore and absorb the area as we work towards producing a short series of images that truly reflect your feelings and experience of this world class coastal location.


Northam Burrows has an intriguing mix of subjects. A two mile long sandy beach is backed by a "pebble ridge" of huge smooth boulders. The wind swept dunes with dilapidated fences and grasses protect an undulating common land that hides a fascinating salt marsh. Facing to the Atlantic we are treated to giant skies and often, spectacular sunsets.


We will encourage you to use mindfulness techniques as a new way to approach your photography. Mindfulness is essentially working with the present moment, losing attachment to preconceived ideas and working with and accepting what is available.


Paul and Adrian will guide you through a couple of exercises to increase your awareness, slow down your seeing and give you permission to experiment with contemplative photography.


As we progress, you will be encouraged and supported to make notes of your thoughts about the images you receive from the location, perhaps they may be just a list, a poem or a quote, maybe the words from a song keep floating into your awareness, all of these things along with the rest of your senses build up the experience and can be worked into the images you are making.


Photographs aren’t real until they are printed, and there is no better way of reconnecting with the moment you released the shutter than to hold your images in your hand, beautifully printed, whether that’s as a single image or a sequence contained within a book. We will help you to select and collate your images and edit them ready for printing.


On the final day, you will be taught how to bring together your images and words into a beautiful handmade book. Paul Sanders and Clea Beasley have many years of experience between them of making handmade books and they will lead this session. If you prefer individual prints, Adrian is also on hand to assist editing and printing.


Whichever way you prefer to take your project, everyone will go home with their work printed to complete the experience of this very special workshop.


We hope you can join us.

Location, Accommodation, Transport

The workshop is based at Northam Burrows in North Devon.

You will be staying at the Seagate Hotel in Appledore on a single occupancy B&B basis.

We will provide all transport during the workshop.

If you want to arrive by train, please speak to us as we will almost certainly be able to assist with transit from Barnstaple.



If you have mobility concerns, please contact us to discuss before booking.


Start and End timing

The workshop starts at 2pm on the first day and finishes at 4pm on the last to allow for travel and de-stress. The first session will involve personal introductions, introduction to the workshop and schedule, and an orientation walk without cameras, followed by an evening meal.



Breakfast, snack lunch and two-course evening meals are included.



  • No previous experience is needed, especially for the editing, printing and book making elements. Training and tools will be provided during the workshop.

  • You need to bring a computer for the editing and selection session. If you do not have a suitable computer, we may be able to loan one but please check with us before booking.

  • Please make sure you have suitable travel and equipment insurance.


  • Tuition by Paul Sanders, Adrian Beasley and Clea Beasley

  • Transport during the workshop

  • All paper, ink, book making materials and loan of tools

  • Book making guide with recommended material suppliers

  • 3-night accommodation on a single occupancy basis

  • All meals listed above

Not Included

  • Travel to and from the workshop

  • Travel and equipment Insurance

  • Computer and editing software

  • Alcoholic drinks

Contact Details

Adrian Beasley 07785926738

Address and travel details will be provided after booking.

Booking and Cancellation Policy for Residentials

We require a 10% deposit when you book to secure your place, final balance will be due 4-weeks before the start of the workshop. If you cancel at any time, please understand that I may need to retain some of your monies to cover incurred costs that I cannot recover, unless I am able to re-sell your place. In general, if I am able to re-sell the place, I will refund you so please contact me as quickly as possible.

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