"Your Inner Lens"
Photo Workshops, Retreats and Coaching
The next Contemplative Photography workshop
is scheduled for October 24-26, at Little Portion Friary,
in Mt. Sinai, Long Island.
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange
Refresh your vision. Refocus your inner lens.
There is a vital connection between our inner lives and our outer vision. This enduring wisdom is reflected in the world’s ancient and lasting spiritual traditions and philosophies. And, it is reinforced by modern insights about Mindfulness.
In our work together, we consider the underlying factors that influence your photography. Chief among them:
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more — more unseen forms become manifest to him…”
"Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence." Minor White
With increased awareness of these factors, you can break through to new paradigms of thinking and seeing. And, therefore, to more creative picture-making.
Who is this for?
This work is ideal for those who would like to refresh their digital photography practice, as well as those who are new to making digital pictures. No level of proficiency is required. This is also ideal for those who want to revitalize their spiritual practice through an artistic medium.
What will we do?
Broaden our inner vision and revitalize our picture-making through an inside-out approach to making pictures. This includes:
▪ exercises based on contemplative and mindfulness practices, as well as guided imagination
▪ photographic exercises to broaden our outer vision
“…Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.” Minor White
Feedback from "Loving the World: Photography as Spiritual Practice"
"I was profoundly moved by this retreat...a time of deep reflection and sharing. Time for silence, laughter and unity among the group members. It was a truly special retreat.”
“The “Loving The World ” workshop was truly a blessing. I was so moved by the openness and creativity of all who attended…the journey and times of stillness in capturing these images helped me see…the miracle of interconnection...”
“I just loved everything about it. I loved the balance between the visualizations, quiet time, sharing, photos and quotes. I realized that my photos can be a vibrant source of prayer and reflection.”
Sheila Anne Cunningham
“Great! Tres bien. Magnifico. 4 stars…. So simple, so profound.”
"The best spiritual instruction is when you wake up in the morning and say, 'I wonder what's going to happen today.' And then carry that kind of curiosity through your life." ~ Pema Chodron