Photography masterclass at The Wing

The opening of The Wing, with its first floor café and balcony, opened up a view of the National Memorial to the Few that had previously only been enjoyed by pilots and passengers in passing aircraft.

While the large propeller set around its central ‘boss’ – the Memorial itself – has always been an important feature of the site, it was difficult to recognise how strikingly effective it was from the ground.

Photographer Matthias Koch specialises in aerial photography that opens up the views earthbound mortals never get to appreciate, and his work will be featured in a masterclass presented this June by Dover Arts Development in association with the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

The masterclass, which is open to anyone with an interest in photography or who just enjoys at looking at familiar items from a different perspective, will be held in The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne from 4pm to 5.30pm on Saturday 16 June.

Koch uses either a high-resolution camera fixed to the extended ladder of his 1975 Mercedes fire engine or a ‘drone’ to get the photographs of the sites he chooses.

In the Spitfire-inspired setting of The Wing, Koch will show his ‘Places of history’ series, talk about his approach and his methods and present a series of images he made in and around Dover in 2012 and 2015.

With The Wing at one end of the CHALKUP21 trail that takes in important architectural and artistic sites along the coast, the Dover Arts Development team is also suggesting people could walk part, or all, of the trail and finish their afternoon at the presentation.

Koch is a master student of Bernd Becher and part of the Becher School of photographers with, amongst others, Andreas Gursky, Candida Hofer and Goetz Diergarten.

The event is free, but places are limited. For information or to reserve a place click here.

cherry picker shot

Not by Matthias, this aerial shot was taken by site manager Jules Gomez from a ‘cherry picker’ used to access the yardarm for maintenance.


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