This is not about making ‘pretty’ pictures or ‘postcard’ like records of one’s travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection to the land and it’s surrounding waters, then learning to express that connection through our photography. We will be using land, sky and water as well as ourselves to transform an emotional experience into a visual one.
This workshop will be about making, not taking, photographs by nourishing a deepening in our heart/soul/self and then bringing that awareness into our photo making process. We will work on giving our photos more layers of meaning to make stronger, more powerful images.
Inspiration will be sparked by a balance of conversation, readings, poetry, photographic exercises, walking meditation, writing exercises, photo examples, portfolio reviews, instructor presentations and by our fellow participants. Daily photographic assignments and exercises will be a big part of this experience, with individual attention given. Fun, laughter and introspection are to be expected. The majority of our days will be spent outside making photographs.
The Omega Institute, located in beautiful Rhinebeck in the hills of Upstate New York, was founded in 1977 on the holistic view that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things. Omega, a nonprofit organization, continues to be at the forefront of human development and is recognized internationally as a leader in holistic education with luminary teachers such as Pema Chodron, Eckhart Tolle, Ram Das and Krishna Das.
This is sure to be a transformational experience that leads you to make more powerful and emotionally impactful photographs.
Who Should Attend:
Open to all levels but students should have a good working knowledge of their camera and want to take their image making to a more meaningful and personal level. Digital and film, in all formats, are welcome.
View student photography from other Vision Quest workshops
View some of Doug’s photography
Testimonials About This Workshop:
“While away from all distractions, I felt my strongest connection with nature ever. I sensed the scale of the universe, especially on those clear nights when the Milky Way was just beyond arm’s reach. This is the place to step back in time and find one’s center through simple living, community meals, and cooperative care of the earth. There is a constant, but not nagging, reminder of our human impact on our planet, whose curvature is remarkably visible on the horizon, and the images we crafted hopefully showed our compassion for her.”
– Margaret Grosspietsch, Minneapolis, MN
“I want to say a hearty thank you for all you brought to my photographic perspectives this past week. Suffice it to say I am bringing a new eye and way of seeing to my work as an artist and have actively begun thinking about how to turn my work toward more art and less of whatever may be keeping me from it! It was, for me, a life-bending experience at the very least.”
– Ann Marie Waterhouse, Sun Prairie, WI
“As a mother of two, running a business, this Creed gave me permission to make time for my own art and so discover a world full of more fun and joy than I could have imagined.
Thank you to all of you for making a South African living in North Carolina so welcome in Minnesota. Mallard Island was an amazing experience and taught me so much. I am grateful to you all. The week was magical. Thank you for creating a safe and grounded container for the self-discoveries and for the canoe ride to honor the rocks.”
– Catherine Anderson, Charlotte, NC
“Thanks for being a great teacher. I may totally take this back when I get my film developed, but I feel like I have gained a lot of confidence as a photographer. And I am hooked on your workshops. I hope I can do more in the future.”
– Jennifer Starbright, Minneapolis, MN
“Thank you for a beautiful week of learning and growing.”
– Anne Field, Mendota Heights, MN
DATES: Sunday July 3 – Friday July 7, 2017
Arrival Sunday afternoon July 3, Orientation Sunday evening 8 pm
Class ends Friday July 7 at 1 pm
CLASS LIMIT: TBD
COST: $450 + $20 materials fee
For food and lodging options: See Omega website for options
REGISTRATION: The Omega Institute