The Inner Space: Photography as a Mindful Meditative Practice
Saturday, November 5 (9-5)
Canadian Memorial Centre For Peace
1825 W. 16th Ave. (near Burrard) Vancouver
$90.00 (HST incl.)
Facilitator: Joanne Duma, Ed.D., R.Psych.
The visual art of photography, apart from being a means of self-expression and communication, lends itself well as a mindful meditative practice. By creating a space to be fully attuned to our inner experience of the visual elements, photography can promote a state of mindfulness that cultivates a more expansive sense of self through extending the boundaries of our awareness and sensitivty.
With the emphasis less on the subject being photographed and more on the way the subject is experienced/seen, there is greater opennes to letting the image speak to us in a meaningful way. Moreover, seeing beyond the surface appearance of things through mindful reflection can inspire within us to a greater sense of connection, toward a more authentic way of seeing and being in the world.
This experiential workshop offers a reflective and interactive place to explore the medium of photography as a mindful meditative practice. By honoring such attitudes as non-judgment, openness and receptivity, a safe environment will be provided for image-taking, presentations, reflection and discussion.
All photographic skill levels are welcome. Access to a digital camera, either point-and-shoot or SLR, is required.
Limited space is available.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to register for the workshop.
THE MINDFUL EYE: IMAGES OF OUR INNER WORLD
Friday, November 5 (7 - 9 pm) & Saturday, November 6 (9 - 5), 2010
Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace
1825 W. 16th Ave. (near Burrard)
Photography can be more than a means of self-expression and a matter of technique. It can also be an opportunity for self-exploration. By asking such questions as -- What is my approach to taking an image? and What in me takes the image? -- photography can lend itself to opening a creative dialogue within us.
This experiential workshop will look at the relationship between the photographic process (capturing an image as well as the appreciation of it) and the photographer's inner world. Through mindful awareness, we can become more conscious of our cognitive and emotional actions/reactions in the photographic process and, in turn, reflect upon our way of being in the world, both with ourselves and others. Engaging in the photographic process in this way can encourage us to discover new and broader perspectives toward becoming more authentic artists of our own lives.
Through image-taking, reflection and discussion, this workshop (limited registration) will offer a safe environment to discover the potential of photography to facilitate self-awareness and inspire greater creative expression.
All photographic skills are welcome. Access to a digital camera is required. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in registering for the workshop: email@example.com
THE INNER SPACE: PHOTOGRAPHY AS A MINDFUL AND CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE
Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace
1825 W. 16th Ave. (near Burrard St.)
The visual art of photography lends itself well as a practice in mindfulness and contemplation. By creating a space in which to mindfully attune to our inner experience of the visual elements in the external world, we can engage in a photographic process that allows for a greater awareness of an image through our sensory experience. Moreover, through mindful reflection of the image (and the experiencial process of taking it), photography can also foster an invitation to a contemplative experience.
This experiential workshop offers a reflective and interactive place to practice mindfulness and contemplation through the medium of photography.
The process of mindful photography will be explored as well as the importance of cultivating such attitudes as non-judgment, openness and receptivity. Here, the emphasis is less on the subject photographed as it is on the way it is seen. As well, photography as a contemplative practice (distinct from mindfulness), will be addressed. By seeing beyond the surface appearance of things, we can be inspired to experience greater insights and a deeper sense of unity to the world around us.
A safe space will be provided for image-taking, mindful meditation, reflection and discussion.
All photograpic skill levels are welcome. Access to a digitial camera is required.
Feel free to contact me should you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Date and time to be announced.
CONNECTING SPACE: APPRECIATING THE INNER WORLD IN THE OUTER IMAGE
The photographic image can be construed as a container for the inner world. Aspects of the self such as emotion and memories can both be evoked and projected into the image. In reflecting this back to us, the image becomes an invitation to better understand the emotional experience by exploring the impact of the visual elements (line, form, light, space) associated with it.
Through image-taking and discussion, this workshop will explore the potential of photography to facilitate self-awareness and inspire greater creative expression.
Please note that the emphasis is soley on photography as a means for greater self-expression and understanding. No formal experience in photography is required.
Time and date to be announced.