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MPC Education Night.. The Art of Seeing

The Art of Seeing


“Seeing, in the finest and broadest sense, means using your senses, your intellect, and your emotions. It means encountering your subject matter with your whole being. It means looking beyond the labels of things and discovering the remarkable world around you.”

― Freeman Patterson


Creating a photograph that is a work of art requires the all important first step of awakening the Contemplative / Mindful Sight which is free of “expectations” or “perceptual definitions”.  Contemplative photography involves seeing the world with fresh eyes and then creating images that go beyond the technical, the subject matter and style and reflect the photographer’s instinctual - unique way of seeing beyond the subject and in their images reveals the beauty that surrounds it. 

This Education event is a panel discussion which will include Elaine Bachelder(host), Marilyn Bagshaw, Stephen Sarhad, Vikki Williams, Doris Jansen each of whom will present prints of their work and discuss their approach to the Contemplative process.  
We will break to review the work and then take questions from the audience. This is an alien process to many so I am sure the discussion will be lively and very thought provoking.  

Elaine Bachelder has been a MPC club member for 19 years. Her early photography involved photos of her children and travel. After retirement she began taking workshops and realized her passion for macro photography. She writes “What I saw through my macro lens was a magical experience.”  She has studied with Trenkins McClain, Brenda Tharp and Freeman Patterson. As her interest grew in macro, she also became interested in “in camera creative techniques­” - changing the reality of what she saw.  Eleven years ago she taught a workshop in creative photography and the group still meets bi monthly. In 2011 and 2012 she took the Miksang workshops and added Contemplative Photography to her other photographic passions.  “Through the practice of Contemplative photography I have learned how to see beauty in the ordinary and capture it in my camera.”

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W.B. Yeats 

MPC members can attend for free, a $5.00 donation is asked from nonmembers 
(Proceeds go to MPC education program)

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  • anlor

    Very interesting!

    May 14, 2014

  • Glen G.

    To the best of my knowledge this is the first panel discussion on a particular topic.. Thanks to Elaine Bachelder's leadership and hard work it was very successful. The panel consisted of Stephen Sarhad, Marilyn Bagshaw, Vikki Williams, Doris Jansen, Ken Hoffman, Merrill Mack and Susan Stoddar. As expected many in the audience said that they had been creating these images for a very long time. However, this was not so much about the images, which are always personal, as it was about the process of mindfully creating an image. With digital it is possible to frantically run and shoot and take hundreds - thousands of mindless images and, by the law of averages, find one that is somewhat acceptable. Contemplative / Mindful photography is about slowing down - looking - seeing & creating and that is was last night was really about.
    My thanks to the panel - they did a great job.
    Thank you ...

    2 · May 14, 2014

  • Maxine C.

    sorry to miss this meeting sounds great, hope you will do it again. I had to work late.

    May 13, 2014

  • Michael N.

    So sorry to have missed this awesome meeting and agenda – tied up with work and I hope you all had a prosperous evening. Cheers, Michael

    May 13, 2014

  • Joy P.

    Would have loved to have attended - have a conflict. I know it will be great!

    May 12, 2014

  • Gail P.

    Looking forward to seeing through their eyes !!!
    So much talent all together !!
    I'm sure it will be very stimulating !!!

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • Louise Kleinsorge W.

    Seeing is only the half of it.

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Glen G.

      The important first half.. the second half is craft.

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Glen G.

    Of all of the things we do this seems so simple and, for many, is so challenging.. Calming the mind to see, opening the imagination to explore the possible is the first critical first step to creating art and that is true for every art form. At the last Ed Night both Tim and Allen talked about seeing the image before it happened, determining the exposure and composition and then waiting for that "spark" where everything aligned..

    April 17, 2014

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