When everything seems to be going wrong…
When hormones are beating me over the head…
When i need an injection of inspiration…
When I’m some place new…
When I’m with the people I love…
… I take photographs.
I first fell in love with photography at art college in 1992. I remember developing my first roll of film and looking breathlessly at the contact sheet as I realised I’d found the way to transcribe what I saw in my head onto paper. I studied photography for the next three years, practically living in the studio and darkroom, totally committed to my art. The second time I fell in love with photography was in Seattle in 2006. It was my first time in the States and I was still grieving the death of my love the year before. I’d brought a borrowed digital compact with me to record the week and taking shots of a new city not only brought me out of my grief for a while but also reignited my photographer’s heart.
And now here I am, more obsessed than ever, with a house filled with cameras and two books under my belt.
Photography is truly one of the great loves of my life, and when I say it is like meditation for me, I mean that quite literally. Taking photos calms me and connects me into the moment more than anything else. I never go anywhere without a camera or two and I know that I will be lying on my death bed with a camera in my hands, croaking ‘just one more shot!’ to the nurses. Seriously.
[Amusing sidenote: I have the honour of being included in Jenny Doh's new book, Art Saves. When I received my copy last week it tickled me to discover a typo in my interview on page 29. It reads: "Photography is like a form of medication for me." You know what? That's not far off the mark either ;) ]
Photo Meditations: Infusing Your Images with Soul is the sort of course I would like to take myself. It’s going to be a delicious five weeks of the inspirational and the practical, including:
- Weekly photo theory lessons
- Weekly assignments
- Photo slideshows to inspire you
- In-depth posts detailing how I shoot
- Group connecting in the private Flickr group
- Interviews with soulful intuitive photographers
- A comprehensive resources section
- A beautiful PDF of the entire course for you to download and refer to again and again
Topics covered include:
- Composition theory and application
- Embracing the light
- Portraits & self-portraits
- Shooting for your blog
- Story-telling with photos
- My top tips for getting soulful shots
- My photography manifesto
- All my secrets :)
I’m going to share everything I know about photography in this class, so if you’re wanting to sink deeper into your photography and create images that carry more of your heart, please do join me in November! I should mention right now that I’m not a very technical kind of photographer — I’m going to be sharing some basics with you in the first week, but i am not concerned with histograms and what have you. What excites me, and what i hope to pass on to my students, is a passion for creating pictures that tell stories. That move the viewer. That convey what I feel. That hold layers of meaning. That delight the eye. That’s what we’ll be exploring in Photo Meditations.
Registration opens on Saturday October 15th and class starts Monday October 31st.
Click over to read more about the course and check out the FAQ.
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* Some Unravellers have asked if it’s okay to take Photo Meditations and Unravelling at the same time — it’s okay, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s much better to do one class at a time to get the most out of your Unravelling journey. If the Photo Meditations course does well — meaning everyone enjoys it and gets lots out of it — then I will run another session in the new year, so if you’re Unravelling with me this autumn you’ll be able to sign up for that class.
* I’ve also been asked if Blogging From the Heart will still be available. It will! I’ve just had to put it to one side for now as I realised I am all written out after writing the book and needed a wee break. Once my inspiration cups have been refilled I’ll be diving back into that project :)