The creative aftermath

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With recent development in my creative endeavours, mostly away from the camera I have fully committed to the creative industry and an involvement in the 3 dimensional world of making.

Not all so sure at all times; what will happen throughout this process and how to find the moment of reaching creative flow; is what currently intrigues me the most .

With perhaps a clear goal in mind or not – it is the process itself and what is experienced on that path, that gets most of my attention.  It may not be the material, tools, skill or project that gets this motion rolling, but the ability and opportunity of place, space and being fully present.

And of course the inspiration of an end product is not to be dismissed, but I see that as an aftermath of the creative process itself.

Having spend endless amounts of time, behind a screen and camera; befriending the digital and virtual world my tactile senses of touch, texture and navigating on a 3 dimensional plane have been withering. This has changed and outside my work as a member of crew making things happen, my own arts practice is growing – and so am I.

Looking at a picture rather then an experience, wondering what the onlooker can see rather then what happens or had to happen when the picture unfolds in front of the lens; Is one of the perceptions I have set out to change.

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In recent weeks and months I have offered Community workshops ( Bookmaking –  and Rubbish to roses) at my creative home, where I have my studio: at

 Beckenham Place Mansion

Only to offer this experience to others and observing the pleasure of people going through this process, pushing on when you wonder what you are actually doing, realising your very own personal preferences and aesthetics, sharing something quite personal in a group setting, allowing yourself to express, explore and play, learning about your senses and abilities in a joyfull way … coming a little closer to what makes you *you* .

An experience all to valuable in a world where we are mostly conditioned and subject to Consumerism and to perform or act out a role in order to obtain buying power.

So allow yourself to explore an innate human need to create and make and see where it takes you.

Happy to hear about your creative experiences good or bad 🙂

Love & Light xxD

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A picture of vision

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As time passes I have been transitioning from Photography and capturing what is ( in front of the lens) to a bigger intrigue of what we can’t see, the world of the Arts and the creative Industry.

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As Photographer I have been able to capture what is ‘real’; often following the guidance of intuition and what feels right and true.

With recent developments of my work life in the creative industry ( Supporting Artist for TV & Film and other productions)  the arts  has become a new focus and I have taken up the arts practice of painting and  artprints – contemplating humanity and the current social realism.

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With my studio practice at BECKENHAM PLACE MANSION as Photographer ( yes I still take Portraits, intrigued by each individual, that comes to sit in Photography Studio sessions) and Artist( exhibiting at present and in the past year) ; nestled in a growing and changing community and park, the arts has become more of an immediate interest.

Expressing what is real in creations of ‘VisionBoards and Artist Books” ; an individual experience and vision but yet a uniting Intuition; visualising what you knew but couldn’t quite see.book 3.jpg

Looking to nurture this  instinct and the vision of creativity and change; following senses and a flow – often left behind in ordinary lives. I will be facilitating workshops at Beckenham place Mansion, open to the Community. Starting in May 2019.

Keep your eyes on the EVENTS PAGE

You will be able to create your own vision board – I am there to help you along – or manipulate old books to create something new,

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Often a quite brutal method to create something else- to make note of what is new ?

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…or learn how to bind all those pieces of memory of your experiences, travels …

( those bits of paper you never know what to do with) into a book.

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Hope to see you there – let’s get creative and get a picture of vision, embracing change and creativity.

PHOTOSURGERY

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With recent events at Beckenham Place Mansion and the thoroughly positive feedback and interest; it became more and more an ambition to open our doors and to share knowledge & insight in Photography catering for all sorts of needs and creative endeavours.

ARTIST RESIDENCY AT THE MANSION

So please join us for a FREE DROP IN SESSION to discuss your pictures & photography; for private use or on the worldwide web, improving skills on phone camera or SLR. Wishing to go fully manual, settling understanding and creative ambition, talking through camera choices or anything else. In this informal group set up on the 2nd floor, we are sure to find solutions and answers to your quest; in our cosy studio space in the Mansion.

Happy to discuss anything Photography, over a cup of tea. 🙂

EVERY THURSDAY AT 18:00-19:00

Please email to make sure we have enough biscuits and tea (spaces are limited and by appointment only) and to perhaps prepare (if need to be) for your queries and quest.

hello@danielafleckenstein.co.uk

Come on in and find out.

#studiomansionhouse – one year on !

I have signed the lease one year ago and it was around this time, that I was settling dust paint things white and wondered what to do with the space- as potential was plentyfold!

And a magical journey it has been, with many of surprises – as you would expect of a start up business with ethical, curious and creative ambitions and intentions.

It’s been magical to keep faith an open mind – well and an open door at times; hoping that things will pan out and people will appreciate the work that I do and can do. As the landscape of the  photography industry is changing, day by day, so is my business.

As I do not want to give up on creating a sustainable enterprise and freelancers lifestyle, as there were too many moments where people have benefited from special moments shared.

Should it be in a Photography session, a topical debate, in a workshops, a photosurgery session, volunteering on projects or just a visit to explore some project ideas. It has been full of adventures and amazing what people brought to me to make me see the need for creativity and a life a little less ordinary.

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It has been full of adventures (achhemm did I mean challenges !??)  and amazing to see what people brought to me on their visits to studiomansionhouse (besides assignments and work)  to make me see the need for creativity and a life a little less ordinary.

Growing as an artist (surrounded by plenty of other talented artist at the Mansion) I am seeing my work grow above and beyond just taking a picture, pressing a button…; but to offer the experience of realizing what was once just thought of.

Thinking outside the box and with no criticism or judgment to perhaps discover something different about ones identity or at least to create a memory to last forever thereafter.

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The creative process gotta be my favourite thing; to see things fall into place with the right intention. Happy to say that I can utilize that when I work in costumes/theatre or watch others get it right on film-sets, when on duty as supporting artist.

But all of this would not mean anything without *you* … 🙂

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Stay tuned for events, workshops or just book yourself in for a session and let’s see what we can realize for you.

Come and see me at the Photosurgery meet-up, every wednesday evening…just drop me an email to secure a space and biscuit. 😉

hello@danielafleckenstein.co.uk

Dare dreaming – but do not forget to realize it too!

 

 

Photosurgery #studiomansionhouse

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The famous chair that had quite few visitors lately and many stories to tell. 😉 If you have any queries in regards to anything Photography related ; do come and see us!

Available to be visited on the second floor of the Mansion:

Every Wednesday night. #FREE #EventStudiomansionhouse

So far I had queries not just about cameras and lenses, but also questions and sneak peeks behind the scenes of a headshot and portrait session. Through talks and chats it is amazing what all parties (including me) discover and learn.

I love sharing my experience and insights as well as the space and set up. Email me as these free sessions are limited in spaces, and I would want to make sure I have enough cups of teas and biscuits.

Looking forward to meeting you at #studiomansionhouse

hello@danielafleckenstein.co.uk

PHOTOSURGERY #studiomansionhouse

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Well I do start to feel a bit greedy having all these experiences, adventures and steep learning curves to myself that  decided to share space and thought with you guys. And shed some light on anything photography related, that you may struggle with or always wondered about!

Come and see a professional Photographer with all your queries and questions related to photography, cameras, images and visual communications.

Online in print for your business  or just improving your social media communications or hobby Photography. No question and queries are too silly; keen to chat and share, in person.

And it doesn’t stop there, this FREE event

takes place in my little studio space in the Mansion.

EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING AT 6PM , for an hour-ish.

Come and see us for a a cuppa tea, chats, informal discussions and answers,

in a comfortable and friendly (dare I say inspiring) surroundings.

Places are limited so please email me, with your request and you will receive an email with further info tailored to your needs.

‘Festival of light’ at the Mansion & #openstudio

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I have been a bit quiet on here lately … not to say that there hasn’t been loads worth sharing!?!  However, just a quick note that today is the day where we  have a mini (well we would expect around 1000 people throughout the day) festival at the Mansion, to get us all into the festive mood.

With wreath making workshops, Choir , stalls and much more…and most important of all, we have an Exhibition in one of the main rooms, in that stunning listed building (that alone is worth a visit) … and us artists on the second floor will open our doors between 12:00-15:00.

Come say hello (all the important stuff happens off line 😉 ! ) See my new work first time unveiled, buy a print, book a studio session, get some stocking fillers , get creative your self or just enjoy the sounds and sights.

For more details and some up to date posting see here:

EVENTS PAGE ON FACEBOOK

Light switch on at 4:15 pm !