Mindful Photography Workshop
The Art of Seeing 3.5 hours 1-4:30 Sunday 29th April
Bookings and payments through Creartii
"I shut my eyes in order to see"- Paul Gauguin
This workshop will be co-hosted by Richard Irwin, Fine Art Photographer, head of BA Photography and Image making courses at NCN (Nottingham) and Photography tutor at DMU (Leicester). Tuition will be given in image making, Richard will help you get the most out of your camera, smart phone or tablet and is suitable for complete beginners and experienced photographers alike.
The workshop will be a fun and experiential dive into mindfulness through image making. Learn to either apply mindfulness to photography and image making, renew your creative spirit or as a creative way to support your mindfulness practice.
We will start the workshop at Creartii with some mindful tea or coffee drinking, followed by a mindfulness session and discussion on mindful photography before we set out for our photography walk. You will be taught how to contemplate and capture colour, texture, pattern, shadows, light, symbology, abstraction, impressionism. Seeing, breathing and walking will act as your anchor and photography will help you bring out your creativity and originality as you experience being fully present in the moment.
Very often our awareness can be clouded by our pre-conceived ideas, expectations, judgement, and thinking. Mindfulness is letting go of thoughts, emotions and judgements. You will be encouraged to let go of perfectionism, evaluating yourself, and comparing yourself to others. This workshop will encourage compassion, playfulness, experimentation, and curiosity through letting go of pre-conceived ideas. Have a go at breaking the 'rules' of photography and overcome your barriers to seeing. You will be encouraged to let go of the internal chatter in your mind, relax, breathe, open your eyes with a childlike curiosity and expand your receptivity to the beauty around us. Mindful photography is like observing something for the first time, deepening your connection to the world around you and enjoying seeing with fresh eyes whilst developing a new found confidence and pleasure in image making.
"Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second" - Marc Riboud.