Distant Light Symposium - Day 2

08 September 2019

10:00 - 17:30

The Royal Photographic Society
RPS House
337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale
United Kingdom

Tel:0117 3164450

Non RPS Member£45.00 
RPS Member£40.00 
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Image: Garry Fabian Miller Hon FRPS Year Two, Arsenic 1, 2007. gfmfw065, light, water, unique dye destruction print


These talks will be facilitated by Lumen to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing and support the RPS exhibition Space Steps the Moon and Beyond.

Lumen is an artist-run collective, focused on themes of astronomy and light through art, exhibitions, residencies and seminars.



10.30 – Intro from LUMEN

10.45 - 11.45 Leanne Bell Gonzarow

Leanne will present a brief overview of her practice with a focus on how she investigates the digital image through an exploration of the various languages used to describe light: photographic, scientific, technical and poetic. 

11.45 – 12.45 Luci Eldrige

Luci’s talk will consider ​how scientists and engineers are using immersive imaging  technologies in their remote exploration of the planet Mars.​ Surveying the use of  the panorama, the 3D image, the false colour image and ‘Mars Yards’, the  relationship between constructed, reconstructed and imagined images will be  explored.    


(LUNCH 45 minutes)

1.30 – 2.30 Melanie King
Melanie King will give an overview of her own practice, with a particular focus on her series “Ancient Light”, a series of analogue astrophotographs. Melanie is interested in capturing light that has travelled for thousands, if not millions, of years throughout the void of space. Melanie has worked with Kielder Observatory and the UCLO Observatory to create these photos, and attended residencies in Iceland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Cornwall and the Lake District to further develop this body of work. 

2.30 – 3.30 Sam Cornwell
Sam will take you on a journey through the cosmos, showing you a carefully curated album of incredible imagery from outside of our atmosphere. Humans have been taking photographs from Space since the launch of the V2 rocket from American soil in 1946. Since then there have been many ground-breaking discoveries, cosmic coincidences and accidental masterpieces. Cornwell will punctuate this talk with his own astrophotographs, and his success with pioneering the Solarcan camera.   

15 minutes break

3.45 – 4.45 Garry Fabian Miller Hon FRPS Talk & In Conversation with Melanie King
Garry Fabian Miller will present a selection of lunar images, reflecting on his relationship to the Moon, the Sun's reflected light and our relationship with the night sky. Garry will then be In Conversation with Melanie King, followed by a Q+A. 

There will be time for a Q and A session after each talk.


Bristol HQ, The Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS4 3AR


You will need to bring a packed lunch or use local amenities – Sainsbury’s and M&S are both within walking distance.  Parking can be limited so please use public transport if possible. You can also book a place to park your car nearby at this link: https://www.yourparkingspace.co.uk/locations/show/4294938009


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected. If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

Liz Williams
Email the event organiser
0117 3164450

Region: Bristol (HQ)