Saturday 20th May 2023


10:00am to 12:00pm


£30.00 (for up to 2 adults and 2 children)

Families Street Photo Walk Through Urban Fareham with Ashcroft Arts Centre

This is an all skill levels families street photography workshop and walk that explores the urban town centre of Fareham, in partnership with The Ashcroft Arts Centre.

This street photography walkshop is focused on discovering what potential lies around the corner of any town, the hidden, the forgotten and the often ignored yet familiar. We’ll start at the Ashcroft Arts Centre and from there look at some of the alleyways that cut past, leading the eye in different directions. We’ll then explore the nearby churchyard, seeking out textures, details and layered views. It is then a short walk down to the Civic Offices tower that overlooks much of the town. This building and some of its architectural details make for dramatic angles, reflections and symmetry. There are also some interesting smaller locations in this area that allow us to look at shadow and light, layers and natural framing. We’ll then walk in to town through some alleyways providing some urban landscapes, seeking beauty in the mundane (taking inspiration from Hampshire photographer Tom Westbury).

This workshop involves a leisurely 2 hour walk with fun & creative photo activities allowing you to find out much more about your camera and how to get the best out from it in the future. We’ll be looking at composition, perspectives, textures, leading lines, creating narrative and also how to take control of aperture and shutter speed.

Expect to explore and discover different areas of an urban town ranging through the years and looking at street photography, architecture, forgotten corners, creating narratives plus so much more.


Who will be there?

Group size is limited to 15 per workshop. This is a photography walkshop designed for family groups. Please arrive around 15 minutes early for a prompt start for the walkshop.


What do I need to bring?

All you have to do is bring along your camera to take part. It can be anything from a digital compact through to a DSLR and if you want to shoot 35mm film, cool! If you don’t have your own camera we have a selection of digital compacts you are free to borrow for the workshop (please let us know in advance). We can even offer 35mm SLRs for you to use if you like. Many people just bring along the camera they have in their pocket everyday, their smartphone and you’ll learn loads that’ll make a big difference to your mobile photography.


What is access like?

This walk is about 95+% wheelchair accessible, with most on even and solid paths but there may be some stairs at the Civic Centre (which can be bypassed).


What is a walkshop?

Through Strong Island Media, professional photographer Paul Gonella has delivered photography workshops over the last 10 years to over three thousand people of all ages and abilities across the south coast. Working with partners such as Chichester Harbour Conservancy, University of Portsmouth, Making Space, Hampshire Cultural Trust plus many schools, colleges and youth groups. We developed ‘Walkshops’, where rather than sitting down in a classroom you actively learn different photography skills and techniques out and about with your camera, with support from a professional photographer at every step.

We’ve delivered well over 100 walkshops from Worthing through to Bournemouth and as far north as Surrey and from the summer of 2015 we have run a very successful series of walkshops open to the public in and around Southsea & Portsmouth and along the coast.


This special family photography walkshop is 2 hours long and cost £30 with the ticket price is for 2 adults and 2 children.

You book this walkshop via the Ashcroft Arts Centre website HERE.

Where to Meet

Meet at Ashcroft Arts Centre on Osborn Rd, Fareham PO16 7DX.

There is parting at the arts centre.

Bus routes 69, 603, 609 and SD4 stop on High Street about 5 minutes walk away from the meeting point.

Fareham train station is about 20 minutes walk away.


List of the course tutors

Paul Gonella