Do you find it easier to express yourself with images than with words? Do you enjoy taking photographs that speak to your way of being in the world? Do you wish that you could use your camera more effectively to express what you experience?
One does not have to be a professional photographer in order to benefit from photography as a contemplative practice. Photography can be a doorway to open up our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. It is doing the practice itself that helps to unravel the innate creativity of our minds and the subtle, often unnoticed beauty of the world. We can begin to explore our imagination and experiences with the camera from all angles and receive insights from what we see that will take shape first in our own minds and hearts, then move in and through our photographic work out into the world.
The photography circle meets Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the hall of St. Paul's Anglican Church. We follow a process which can assist you whether you consider yourself a beginner or more advanced in skill to develop a contemplative attitude towards your work and the images you create.
Kim Manley Ort: Contemplative Living Through Photography
Ten Legendary Photographers
Mentor: Dale Dunning
Dale became interested in photography as he experimented with documenting and publicising his sculptural art. When asked for an adjective that starts with the letter ‘i’ to describe the 5iz, he immediately offered “Inscrutable.” Dunning’s “Nature Morte” photographic series comes close. It took quite a while before the underlying subject matter revealed itself to me. Many photographers cite the biggest advantage of embracing the addiction as enhancing their ability to see things. Dunning elevates the skill to new dimensions. He shows us new things by camouflaging and hiding things that are right in front of our eyes. Characteristically, possible interpretations of his new art images are abundant, and indeterminate. Whether you like puzzles or abstract art, “Nature Morte” is unusually intriguing. (Excerpt from The Humm.