Over the past year or so a lot has been written re Mindfulness as it applies to photography. Mindfulness is achieved when a photographer makes the conscious choice to grow from taking pictures to creating high-quality artistic photographs. This happens when we can become still, really see the subject, see the final image in our imagination and then use our craft skills to make that vision real. This is a process that Ansel Adams and many of the great photographers have used for many decades which was then called Visualization. Just as Adams worked on his images in the darkroom and we now have of Photoshop to explore our seemingly limitless creative possibilities.
This is the first of a series of Mindfulness / Visualization MeetUps. Because space is very limited - ten people, I am charging a nominal fee, $20.00, for this MeetUp. Each participant is expected to post at least one image from the day on the MeetUp page. Each attendee should have a reasonable understanding of how to work their camera’s manual settings.
The first MeetUp will be at Green Gulch (http://sfzc.org/green-gulch) which is part of the San Francisco Zen Center. Every person who signs up will be emailed a list of goals for that outing. When we arrive we will gather in the parking lot, discuss those goals for the day, techniques to begin the mindful process and then head out. Once there we will have to be as quiet and unobtrusive as possible.
Those who sign up for this workshop will be given first chance to sign up for the next workshop. Those who attend the first and second are given first chance for the third and so on.
Subsequent outings will be the Bunkers at the Marin Headlands, Twilight at Sutro Baths, Muir Woods, Bolinas and Agate Beach, a Napa Adventure, a Sonoma County Adventure, and others yet to be imagined.