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Pathography - Photographic Self Portraiture (short course)

Why study this course?

The course offers an experience of the therapeutic possibilities and enhanced techniques in photography. You will gain revealing alternative possibilities of yourself and opportunities for reconstruction and engagement in a dialogue with yourself. The final images you produce will also offer the opportunity to communicate this to a wider audience.

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This course explores the use of photographic self-portraiture as a tool for self-exploration. You will consider your self-image and identity. It aims to expand your artistic expression and develop self-reflection, and considers the therapeutic experience of photography through practice using both traditional and digital methods. Tutor Spencer Rowell is a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered practising psychodynamic psychotherapist and a senior lecturer in photography. He will facilitate this process which is in nature experiential.

Through darkroom and digital workshops, group discussion and demonstrations you will learn how to: 

  • work in a photographic studio
  • gain traditional photography skills
  • gain digital photography skills
  • experiment with various techniques such as montage
  • consider yourself and your self-image
  • develop and reflect on yourself within your work

Work will be developed during the class. Further development of the process and discussion will depend on your engagement outside of class time.

Your tutor, Spencer Rowell, is a photographer, artist, lecturer of the photography content in the Fine Art BA at The Cass, and founder of the lens-based collective Uncertain States.

This course would suit anyone interested in photography as a therapeutic tool. No previous experience is necessary.

Course dates Not currently available
Length One afternoon a week for eight sessions
Day and time Saturday, 2pm to 5pm 
Maximum class size 8
Contact hours 24

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

The course fees include the cost of materials.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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