Seeing with New Eyes: A contemplative approach to photography

Blue Stools

The advent of the digital camera has made photography much more accessible to everyone. But what do we take photos of? Snapshots of friends and family? Scenic views? Beautiful sunsets?

In this workshop we’ll use the camera to look at the world differently. Drawing on contemplative photography practices, we’ll discover the beauty and mystery in the ordinary. This is not a technique class, although we might touch on technique as we seek to refine an image. This IS a class where you’ll practice becoming quiet inside so that you can truly see what’s in front of you and discover the wealth of imagery that’s always right there if you just pay attention.

We’ll do a series of exercises with and without the camera to help you begin to look at the world differently.

  • Using mindfulness practices, we’ll begin to slow down enough to really see what’s in front of us.
  • We’ll learn not to depend on our expectations of what things should be but rather see things as they are.
  • We’ll discover beauty in the utterly ordinary and find ways to capture it through our camera.


One-Day Workshop: Saturday, May 61-5PM; $85 members, $105 non-members

4 Week Class: Thursdays, July 6 – 276 – 8PM; $185 members, $205 non-members

Location: Both the workshop and 4 week class at AVA Gallery, Lebanon, New Hampshire