Join Guild Faculty Chuck Kirchner and delight in ways to incorporate Light and light into successful and meaningful photography.
This workshop brings together photography, creativity, and spirituality with a focus on Light with a capital L and light with a small l. This combination can lead to taking your photography to, shall we say, a higher level!
What is the spiritual practice related to photography? Quite simply, it is to be aware that there IS something below the surface, or perhaps above the surface, that is shining, shimmering, inherent, loving, caring, reaching out, and available for reaching in. It is to find something sacred on an ordinary day or in a familiar setting. It is to achieve a spiritual current in your photography. It is to realize and act upon knowing that we are both created and creative, below and above the surface, known and unknown, seeing the light, recognizing it as the Light, and using the light in our creative endeavors and interpretations.
In this workshop, we’ll explore the meaning of Light in its spiritual and religious context. Many of the world’s religions and spiritual practices involve Light. We’ll discuss these through a series of readings from Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions (among others). As we move through the philosophical discussions, we also explore how light influences photography and investigate ways to incorporate Light and light into successful and meaningful photography. Using nature’s light, natural light as it were, we’ll learn to add subtlety or extravagance to our vision, how best to reflect it in our images, and how to use light to illuminate emotion, ritual, spirit, spiraling, religion, nature, inner and outer being. These are all terms of both photography and spirituality. When we take this to heart, we can create images not to document but to add layers of meaning that, in turn, can add expression to our lives and perhaps those of others.
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 18+
What will class time be like? Will I need to work outside of class?
Generally, the mornings will be spent reviewing photographs and discussing creativity and specific photo techniques. Field activities (before or after breakfast) will also take place several mornings to take advantage of morning light. Afternoons will generally free for photography, post-processing, relaxing (the Guild campus is a perfect place for this!), or Guild group activities. On the last evening of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to share their work with other participants attending workshops that week (optional).
Chuck will generally be available afternoons and evenings for one-on-one or small groups discussions, field demonstrations, etc. He writes, “And of course I’ll be joining everyone at meal times!”
Digital photographs for sharing within the class as well as for sharing via social media or printed copies depending on individual participant interests. Quantity will depend on the individual participant, ranging from a host of images to one or two iconic photographs. We’ll see how the muse inspires!
What should I bring to class?
- Camera and lens(es) (digital-preferred). A digital SLR with program and manual settings is ideal, though we can work with whatever camera and lens combination you have.
- Camera manual
- Spare camera battery and charger
- Lens cleaning cloth
- Clothing appropriate for outdoor activities, including modest hiking.
- Laptop computer for downloading, storing, and initial editing of photographs
Bringing a laptop will allow critiquing of photos during the workshop and will enable participants to gain more from the workshop. Chuck generally uses Adobe Lightroom for post-processing, though Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Apple Photo, or similar programs are fine as well. Adobe software can usually be downloaded for a free thirty-day trial.
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $665-$1195
- Private Room – $1195
- Shared Double Room / Yurt – $880
- Library Dorm: $745
- RV Hookup: $715
- Guild Tent $700
- Own Tent: $665
Commuter Cost: $420
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Fall 2020 Sacred Arts: Forest Vision. Learn more about Fall Sacred Arts 2020.
October 18 – 24, 2020
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Oct 18, 2020 until Oct 24 2020