Local experts will speak about creativity and photography for the final two talks in the Old School House (TOSH) Arts Centre’s ‘In Conversation’ lecture series on Nov. 15 and Nov. 29. (PQB News file photo)

Local experts will speak about creativity and photography for the final two talks in the Old School House (TOSH) Arts Centre’s ‘In Conversation’ lecture series on Nov. 15 and Nov. 29. (PQB News file photo)

Talks on photography and creativity coming up at TOSH in Qualicum Beach

Final two installments in lecture series go Nov. 15 and Nov. 29

Local experts will speak about creativity and photography for the final two talks in the Old School House (TOSH) Arts Centre’s ‘In Conversation’ lecture series.

Ina-Griet Raatz-von-Hirschhausen will speak on ‘the Role of Rational and Emotional thinking in Creativity’ on Nov. 15 and Don Emerson’s photography-themed talk, ‘Behind the Image… a closer reflection’ is set for Nov. 29, both at TOSH (122 Fern Rd. W).

Raatz-von-Hirschhausen’s lecture will provide a look into the role of rational and emotional thinking in creativity, presented in a humorous and easy to understand way, according to a TOSH news release. The talk will demonstrate how looking at creativity means looking into the role the human brain plays.

“The right side of the brain houses our emotions, language, color perception and creativity,” the release read. “That means by tapping into our emotions, we have a tool to access and spark our creative engine.”

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Don Emerson is originally from Northern Ireland, but has been on Canada’s West Coast since 1980, after completing post-graduate studies in geology at the University of Alberta and a career in the petroleum industry.

“He subsequently embarked on a 30-year career in photography during which time he became one of the first tenants of the Old School House Arts Centre during its restoration year in 1987,” the release read. “Largely self-taught, his only formal training was at the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria.”

Emerson and Zoey Heath, TOSH communications manager, share a dark room on the arts centre’s lower floor, which pay homage to both traditional and alternative processes, along with a digital component.

The lectures, plus Q & A sessions, run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets for each lecture are $12 and are available online. They will also be available at the door if the lecture is not sold out.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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