Discover new skills, brush up on old ones and explore your own creativity here at Combewater Studios situated on the edge of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Devon / Dorset border.
With a broad range of interdisciplinary skills and many years of teaching experience between them, Alison Brown and Robin Shelton are able to offer you a holistic, traditional and multi-disciplinary approach with a focus on the promotion of skill as well as ideas.
Having grown up with a camera in my hand, there has never been a time in my life when I haven't owned and used at least one - don't ask how many I have now! Digital cameras and camera-phones are fantastic tools for many photographic jobs, but for a true photographic experience, it has to be film! Nothing compares to the tactile quality of handling a real camera, slowing down to make an image (there are only so many shots on the roll!) and the intoxicating process of developing film and making prints; thirty-five years after I first set foot in a darkroom, watching a print materialise in the developer is still pure magic. But don't just take my word for it - book on to a course to find out for yourself. From basic camera handling to the amazing world of alternative, historical and sustainable processes, Devon Darkroom is here to make photography fulfilling and fun again!
Group sizes for courses will be limited, with social distancing measures in place.
Future offers ... experimental eco developing techniques using plant matter from the garden. Low impact / sustainable photography.
We can also offer 1:1 and family sessions - perfect for that rainy holiday. Just give us a call to check availability. With London and Birmingham 3 hours away and St Ives, in Cornwall 2 hours drive, we are perfectly located for a few hours break en route to or from your holiday destination in the South West.
For more information, give us a call on 07811 102216 or use the contact form
The studios are situated in a beautiful green leafy valley in East Devon, close to both the A35 and A303/30 near Honiton, not far from Lyme Regis and the beautiful Jurassic Coast. They are part of a complete eco-renovation project which also includes an old Methodist chapel.
In the next year or two we will offer onsite eco-accommodation as well, but in the meantime we can suggest some wonderful places to stay nearby.