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)