Illusion Image
CREDIT: Maria Falconer MA, MSc, FRPS

It's Just an Illusion - Maria Falconer

Event info

We all know that a two-dimensional photograph has very little to do with reality. A trick of light, a point of view, all images are ultimately illusions constructed out of film, pixels or ink. Some illusions are set up using props or the environment whereas others seem to magically present themselves in the viewfinder.

Maria Falconer is a professional photographer who creates promotional fiction for dance and physical theatre companies. And in her personal work she experiments with the body, stillness and motion to create visual illusions. 

On this workshop Maria will introduce you to her work and photographic approaches, and then you will be invited to construct some visual magic of your own.

The workshop

Over the course of the day there will be presentations and practical exercises designed to stimulate creativity. You will be invited to experiment, explore, and find new ways to express yourself through photography. And once you have made some new images, there will be time to look at your work and offer individual feedback.

The process will be a challenge but definitely fun!
All the photographic exercises are specifically designed to enable you to photograph absolutely anywhere, even inside your home if you prefer to stay indoors or may be shielding. 

What you will need

  • A camera - anything from a smartphone upwards is fine. Remember that a camera is just a tool, the important thing is that you are comfortable using it.
  • Something to edit your images on - eg desktop computer, laptop, ipad etc. This is not a Photoshop workshop so basic editing software is fine.
  • A reasonable wifi connection.
  • Zoom downloaded and installed onto your computer, it's free and available here.
  • A device with a webcam and microphone (again, anything from a smartphone upwards, but larger screens are easier to see). 


Please look out for the attachment in your confirmation email. If you don't receive it, please email  

Maria will need access to your email address to enable her to send you a link to the class - we will presume that by booking this course you are giving permission unless you contact us to state otherwise. 

We will also be sending you the tutors email address, and all the links and info you will need once you have signed up. You will receive a Zoom invitation via email, the day before the lesson begins.

Overseas participants - Please check the time of the workshop if you are outside the UK. This link which will help you to calculate the timing of the online workshop:

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The Tutor

Maria Falconer MA, MSc., FRPS

Maria Falconer is a photographic practitioner, teacher and writer. A Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maria lectures at De Montfort University and runs photography workshops across the UK and abroad.

Her commercial specialty is Dance Photo/videography, collaborating with dance companies around the UK to produce promotional imagery. She has worked at the Edinburgh Festival every year since 2006, and her work has been published frequently in The Guardian, The Times, The Scotsman, and The Telegraph.

Maria’s personal photographic projects often draw on her contemporary dance background, using the body and the camera collaboratively as a vehicle to express her ideas and experiences.
Her photography has been exhibited around the world including the UK, the US, France, Belgium, Ireland and East Asia.

You can find out more about Maria and see examples of her work here

Image: Maria Falconer MA, MSc, FRPS

Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


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.



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