Want to refresh your picture-making? Recapture your sense of wonder and curiosity? 

If you’d like to shake up your digital photography, start by sparking your brain. ‘Cause it’s really an inside job. 

Our outer vision is filtered through the inner lenses of our lived experience*, frame of mind**, and quality of attention***. 

– Our *lived experience is alluded to in this quote by Ansel Adams: “You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

 – Our **frame of mind represents the continuum - from wonder to jadedness - of our openness to the world. 

– And, our ***quality of attention describes the degree to which we are fully present, in each place and time. 

With increased awareness of these factors, we can break through to new paradigms of thinking and seeing. And, therefore, to more creative picture-making. 

Join us as we expand our vision and re-charge our creativity through an “inside-out” approach. We’ll employ mindfulness techniques and guided imagination to polish our inner lens. These exercises are paired with exploratory photography activities. 

Re-engage your mind. Revitalize your digital photography practice. 

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This is ideal for those who wish to enliven their photographic practice through introspective and photographic exercises. And, for those who wish to use digital photography to enhance their other mindfulness-based practices. All digital photographers are welcome, regardless of equipment (ie, smartphones are fine). It is assumed that participants have mastered their photographic equipment, and have a basic grasp of photography principles. This workshop is not about technique or technology. 

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About Paul Kimmerling 

Paul Kimmerling, a self-taught photographer, has been making pictures for decades. As he sensed a stronger connection between his inner life and his outer vision, he challenged himself (with many of the same exercises used in his workshops) to see the world from a fresh perspective. This led to his multi-day workshops, which encourage others to broaden their inner and outer vision. Read participants’ comments: http://www.paulkimmerling.com/contemplative-photography-w... 

Paul is now offering a 2.5-hour version of his workshop, featuring some of his most popular techniques. He considers these events on the High Line as “mini-retreats” that nourish the eye and the creative spirit. View his High Line images: http://paul-kimmerling.artistwebsites.com/art/all/highlin... 

Paul brings an eclectic mix of interests and talents to his work. He has an extensive corporate training background as a designer and leader of learning programs, and a facilitator of discovery sessions. He is currently on faculty at the American Management Association. Paul’s highly engaging style creates a collegial atmosphere, evoking new ideas and insights from his participants. He holds certificates from CPSI (the Creative Problem Solving Institute), Innovation Games, and the Haden Institute for Spiritual Direction. Paul is a seeker on the spiritual path and has encouraged many others through coaching, blogging, speaking, retreats and workshops. 

Paul is a Mindfulness practitioner at the Holistic Performance Group. His “Minutes of Mindfulness” posts, which pair his photos with brief written reflections, can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HolisticPerformanceGroup?ref_type... 

For a full range of Paul Kimmerling’s offerings and expertise, please visit: http://www.paulkimmerling.com

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