CONSCIOUS PHOTOGRAPHY

Insight photo
The photographic process as an affective experience.

 

General principles.

 

The photographic process – shooting, selecting, and evaluating images – is mostly based on rational and scientific criteria nowadays. Criteria derived from the analysis of the content of the image, the study of its form through the history of art, but also derived from psychoanalysis, sociology or anthropology. However, we overlook the fact that what actualizes the artistic work is nothing more than the photographic gaze, and that alone. The photographic gaze is what reflects the creator's inner truth – and it is absolutely personal. And even though we can describe it, we cannot approach it with the rational mind (IQ) simply because it is something that goes beyond it.

Therefore this workshop offers a holistic approach to the artistic process, by putting into focus the cultivation of emotional and spiritual intelligence (empathy, intuition, etc.), as well as the development of a sense of consciousness in the here and now, which facilitates our visual intelligence and leads to ‘direct seeing.’ Special emphasis is placed on creating an environment of acceptance and sharing, a prerequisite for any creative act. Through experiential and meditative exercises that facilitate expression, sharpen sensitivity, and encourage experimentation – where "accident" and "error" are inherent elements of creation – participants are invited to meet the image with the whole of their being (and not only mentally), and at the same time to discover their personal gaze. This method gives a substantial understanding of the photographic process, turning it into a path of consciousness.

 


• Introductory Workshop

 

Content: Mythology of the image; creativity; visual perception; meeting with the photograph; personal vision; portfolio review. Participants are invited to bring 40 of their images that they like best, as well as 20 of their favorite photographs or paintings (created by others). This process is not so much about evaluating the images as good or bad, but about becoming conscious of their own gaze.
Duration: 3 days, 25 teaching hours in total (10:00 - 14:00 & 15:30 - 19.30)

 

 

• Core Workshop: Meeting the Photo, Meeting Yourself

 

Content: We are exploring the qualities of ourselves in relation to the image, for example the sense of support and the connection with the earth and matter, which is experientially a very specific feeling. So when we have this immediate experience (through experiential exercises), we are called to realize it visually and also to recognize it in pictures. We do the same for feelings, "personal power", the opening of the heart, etc. Here we will often face the real reasons why our photographic work is not what we would like it to be. The seminar puts us in a meaningful relationship with ourselves and the image, works in depth and over time, and helps us give our personal mark to the artistic process.

Duration: 6 weekends (alternatively 10 or 12 consecutive days), followed by 3-hour weekly meetings for three months. Total 140 teaching hours.

 


• Photographic Practice Workshop: Mirrors

 

It is clear that our photographs are only the mirror of our inner world. So the emphasis is turned mainly on the way we see things, and not on what we are photographing. However, the external element sometimes helps to mirror the different qualities of our being: the urban and natural landscapes are very different spaces, as is Sahara and Iceland. During the seminar we photograph intensively, and we observe, as a team, the evolution of our gaze.

Duration: Usually weekly, but may vary according to interest and circumstances.

 


• Portfolio Creation/ Mentoring

 

Anyone interested – individually or collectively – can work with me on a subject, for an exhibition or a book, in private bimonthly meetings.

Duration: From one month to one year, depending on interest.
 

Insight photo
The photographic process as an affective experience.

 

General principles.

 

The photographic process – shooting, selecting, and evaluating images – is mostly based on rational and scientific criteria nowadays. Criteria derived from the analysis of the content of the image, the study of its form through the history of art, but also derived from psychoanalysis, sociology or anthropology. However, we overlook the fact that what actualizes the artistic work is nothing more than the photographic gaze, and that alone. The photographic gaze is what reflects the creator's inner truth – and it is absolutely personal. And even though we can describe it, we cannot approach it with the rational mind (IQ) simply because it is something that goes beyond it.

Therefore this workshop offers a holistic approach to the artistic process, by putting into focus the cultivation of emotional and spiritual intelligence (empathy, intuition, etc.), as well as the development of a sense of consciousness in the here and now, which facilitates our visual intelligence and leads to ‘direct seeing.’ Special emphasis is placed on creating an environment of acceptance and sharing, a prerequisite for any creative act. Through experiential and meditative exercises that facilitate expression, sharpen sensitivity, and encourage experimentation – where "accident" and "error" are inherent elements of creation – participants are invited to meet the image with the whole of their being (and not only mentally), and at the same time to discover their personal gaze. This method gives a substantial understanding of the photographic process, turning it into a path of consciousness.

 


• Introductory Workshop

 

Content: Mythology of the image; creativity; visual perception; meeting with the photograph; personal vision; portfolio review. Participants are invited to bring 40 of their images that they like best, as well as 20 of their favorite photographs or paintings (created by others). This process is not so much about evaluating the images as good or bad, but about becoming conscious of their own gaze.
Duration: 3 days, 25 teaching hours in total (10:00 - 14:00 & 15:30 - 19.30)

 

 

• Core Workshop: Meeting the Photo, Meeting Yourself

 

Content: We are exploring the qualities of ourselves in relation to the image, for example the sense of support and the connection with the earth and matter, which is experientially a very specific feeling. So when we have this immediate experience (through experiential exercises), we are called to realize it visually and also to recognize it in pictures. We do the same for feelings, "personal power", the opening of the heart, etc. Here we will often face the real reasons why our photographic work is not what we would like it to be. The seminar puts us in a meaningful relationship with ourselves and the image, works in depth and over time, and helps us give our personal mark to the artistic process.

Duration: 6 weekends (alternatively 10 or 12 consecutive days), followed by 3-hour weekly meetings for three months. Total 140 teaching hours.

 


• Photographic Practice Workshop: Mirrors

 

It is clear that our photographs are only the mirror of our inner world. So the emphasis is turned mainly on the way we see things, and not on what we are photographing. However, the external element sometimes helps to mirror the different qualities of our being: the urban and natural landscapes are very different spaces, as is Sahara and Iceland. During the seminar we photograph intensively, and we observe, as a team, the evolution of our gaze.

Duration: Usually weekly, but may vary according to interest and circumstances.

 


• Portfolio Creation/ Mentoring

 

Anyone interested – individually or collectively – can work with me on a subject, for an exhibition or a book, in private bimonthly meetings.

Duration: From one month to one year, depending on interest.
 

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