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To Visualize - A Marin Photography Club Education Night

Part 1: The Zen of Visualization: Exploring the dance between seeing and creating beautiful images.

A near death experience and the teachings of a Zen Buddhist monk transformed the vision and opened the heart of this photographic artist.  When seeing with the full awareness of physical, emotional and spiritual bodies, an energetic exchange takes place between the photographer and subject. Sharing this vision, one hopes that the viewer takes in the resulting photograph in such a way that they may sense beyond thought, the intention of the photographer, as well as discover their own inner wisdom.

“One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.” – Minor White 

Lisa Winston is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology an award-winning photographer and creative and spiritual mentor. Lisa will share photographs and direct experience of how her vision and creative process has evolved through contemplative inquiry. Her mantra is “Live in Beauty through the wisdom and alchemy of creative expression.”

Lisa's Web site:  http://ljwdivinesight.us

Part 2: Making What is Imagined Real.

“The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE”. - Ernst Haas

"My first step when I started a new architectural project was to review the publications I respected.  For a job in Florida, Southern California or another southern state it was Décor de Provence, Côté Sud and LUX.   The goal was twofold.  First, to become aware of new photographic styles and bring something new and valuable to my clients. Second, and most importantly, I was priming my mind’s eye for the critical first step in creating great photographs, the ability to see and form a mental image that would meet my clients goals. 

“You don't take a photograph, you make it.” Ansel Adams

The next and equally important step is working with the craft of photography to make what is imagined visible.  He will discuss how to use the camera’s manual settings and the Zone System to create consistent high-quality images that are also faster and easier to produce.

Glen Graves attended the Brooks Institute in the mid 1970s and established a successful career as a freelance commercial / architectural / personal photographer.  He has traveled nationwide working for companies such as General Motors, Ford, FTD, Formica, Delta Faucets, the Lear Corporation, the New York Port Authority and innumerable Architectural firms and related companies.  He has been published in Architectural Digest,  the Robb Report and every major shelter publication.  
He is now the happy warrior teaching photography classes and shooting for a few select clients. He is also Vice President and Educational Coordinator for the Marin Photography Club = FYI - Best job yet !!

Marin Photography Club members can attend for Free - non-members are asked for a $5.00 donation to fund future Education events. 

Glen's web site: http://www.ggravesphoto.com

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  • Ray R.

    Lisa Winston was very interesting. I have been an admirer of her spiritual mentor Minor White ever since reading his biography "Rites and Passages" years ago. Lisa continues his exploration of merging photography and Eastern Religion beautifully.

    1 · August 13, 2014

    • Lisa W.

      Thank you Ray for your kind words. There's a fabulous Minor White exhibit at the Getty Museum in LA - running through mid-October. It's called Manifestations of the Spirit. You can also buy the book on Amazon.

      August 15, 2014

  • Jim M.

    Thanks, Glen. I enjoyed the refresher and learned a few things. (I could not help but notice that one of your examples followed the "Sunny 16 Rule".)

    August 14, 2014

  • Glen G.

    The link for the Zone System is below:
    1. Always set the ISO manually
    2. Set the camera to Manual - Semi Auto doesn't exist
    3. Set the light meter to Spot
    Use a grey card until you don't need it - which will happen very quickly.
    Most importantly - have fun.
    http://photoartsmarin.com/zonesystem.pdf

    August 13, 2014

    • Louise Kleinsorge W.

      Thanks Glen. I think your presentation was quite well received. I didn't hear one word of resistance, just appreciation. I definitely appreciated the refresher.

      August 14, 2014

  • Earl S.

    Really enjoyed your presentation last night Glen. Thanks a lot for sending us the pfd. of the Zone System chart. I think it will be very helpful.

    1 · August 13, 2014

  • Janice H.

    Two very good presentations last night. Thank you.

    1 · August 13, 2014

  • Harvey A.

    It was nice that Lisa could open up so much about her journeys and thanks to Glen for making exposure compensation such an easy process.

    1 · August 13, 2014

  • Henriette B.

    Learned the zone system years ago. I think everyone should know the zone system....what a difference it has made in my captures. It's great to have a refresher course as I learned several new things having to do with the zone system last night. Thanks Glen for your presentation on the zone system.

    1 · August 13, 2014

  • Glen G.

    Good

    August 13, 2014

  • sally

    Interesting and familiar...really enjoyed it

    1 · August 13, 2014

  • sally

    FYI-Minor White's wife was also very good.

    August 13, 2014

  • Glen G.

    I will post a link tomorrow.. thanks for attending this was the first glimpse of some very heavy / wonderful/ exciting "stuff".

    August 12, 2014

  • Glen G.

    Thanks Doug - There is never too much laughter in one's life...

    August 12, 2014

  • Doug K.

    Here's a link to the Monty Python shows at the Rafael Theatre on Thursday as I mentioned this evening: http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/monty-python-live-mostly/

    August 12, 2014

  • Maxine C.

    sorry working late and won't be able to attend. Sounds like a great educational event.

    August 12, 2014

  • Teresa

    An unfinished work project may interfere with my attendance, regretfully, so I changed my rsvp, just in case; while I know it'll be a super class! C U asap! :)

    August 12, 2014

  • anlor

    What a great event! Unfortunately, I can't make it. Do you think you can record it? Just asking!

    July 9, 2014

    • Susan Snyder R.

      I like the idea of recording or somehow sharing presentations online. Was so disappointed to miss the first part of last Night's presentation due to accidents on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Just an audio recording would not be sufficient, however.

      July 9, 2014

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