Friday Nov 8 - Sunday Nov 10
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Master Class: Zen and the Art of Photography
with Douglas Beasley
Friday November 8 – Sunday November 10, 10:00am. – 4:30 p.m.
$375 HCP Members only!
Class Size: 10 students
The urban environment is not often seen as sacred. We will work on going beyond past preconceived ideas of what and where is sacred and who controls that definition. Moving beyond stereotypes and making a deeper, more genuine connection to ‘place’ and learning to express that deeper connection in our photography will be a priority. We will use land and sky, as well as the urban environment, to transform an emotional experience into a visual one. We explore making, not taking, photographs that are less generic and more personal. This will be about the inner journey of photography, nourishing a deepening connection to one’s heart and soul, then bringing that awareness into our image making process. Self-expression and introspection will be encouraged. We also work on giving our photos simplicity and clarity while adding layers of meaning to make deeper and more memorable images.
You do not have to practice, or even understand Zen to join us for this powerful weekend of exploring new ways of seeing and making photographs that come from a more personal and intimate place, using spirituality as creative force.
Zen & the Art of Photography is a challenging invitation to redefine not only what is personally suitable subject matter but our whole approach to creative expression. Inspiration will be sparked by a balance of conversation, photo demonstrations, meditation, critiques, writing exercises, readings, poetry or whatever means necessary. Field trips and numerous photographic exercises and assignments, custom designed by Doug, are concerned with both internal and external experience and growth.
Who should attend:
While participants must have a working knowledge of their camera, the creative process of image making will be emphasized over the mechanics of camera use. Both digital and film, in all formats, are welcome. Open to all levels of experience but better suited to those looking to expand their creativity and vision.
What to bring (Please remember, this list is just a suggestion):
– Camera and lens (any format or is fine, just bring what is familiar and comfortable)
– Camera manual (please re-read before workshop) and bring in camera bag
– Extra memory cards for digital or plenty of your favorite film
– Spare camera battery and charger
– Raincoat and Umbrella (so we can still play in the rain)
– Flashlight with fresh batteries
– Journal and notepad, pen
– Samples of your photography; can be prints or digital files but prints are preferable (limit of 12, remember the ability to edit one’s work is a virtue)
– A favorite quote or a poem to share that has meaning to you
– An open attitude towards learning
– Point and shoot digital camera or plastic toy camera (like a Holga)
– Tripod or monopod (I usually travel with a monopod)
– Macro lens or close-up lens filters
– Laptop computer to download, edit and share digital images
– USB flash drive/memory stick
– Water bottle
About Douglas Beasley
Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place. His photography is concerned with how spirit is recognized and expressed in everyday life. His second book Earth Meets Spirit was recently published by 5 Continents Editions of Milan, Italy.
Exhibited and published internationally, grants and commissions fund much of his personal work. With a BFA from the University of Michigan, he spent many years traveling on commercial assignments. As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Doug’s extensive teaching experience includes numerous workshops worldwide which always emphasize heart, soul and vision over the mechanics of camera use. He is also the inventor of Vision Quest Cards, which provide photo assignments for visual and spiritual growth.