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New Meetup: Breaking down the Barrier - get out from behind your camera!

From: Ian M.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 11:56 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Photography Workshops!

What: Breaking down the Barrier - get out from behind your camera!

When: Saturday, May 8,[masked]:00 PM

Harvard Square
Holyoke St
Cambridge, MA 02138

b]Breaking down the Barrier - get out from behind your camera!

Photo-Walk: Harvard Square Saturday May 8 2pm - 6pm No Fee but limited group size

I want you to be honest with yourself - do you ever spend several hours with your camera, shooting at whatever moves and end up with hundreds of hastily taken shots? I know I have. If I'm really honest I feel pretty deflated when I get home and curse myself for not having taken the time to craft some really good photographs. It's as if there is a little uncontrollable demon in my finger who insists on repeatedly pressing that shutter button. All that time spent out with my camera and for what?
Great photography happens when the photographer's passion is excited, when her emotions are pulled at, when something presents itself that connects with that place deep inside where the creative juices are quietly fermenting. Something that excites the photographer's creative vision in such a way that the resulting image can make the viewer to sense and feel it too.

While there are many techniques and pieces of equipment which enable us to craft an acceptable photograph, or even an occasional very good one, these techniques and all the pro camera equipment in the world will not guarantee a perfect end result, indeed too much reliance on equipment, techniques and rules can have the opposite effect, it can get in the way of our creative vision, cutting off our emotions and preventing us from being moved or excited by what we experience.
Looking at the world though the viewfinder of our cameras, places a barrier between us and the true experience of participating in the fullness of what is taking place. We become mere observers, outsiders, cut-off, distanced . Likewise, going looking for photographic subjects has the same effect, we are so consumed with the need to photograph we forget to participate and connect with what is around us. Consequently our images reflect this in that they are flat, emotionless, mere documentary records of what we saw with no hint of passion or emotion.

On Saturday from 2pm until 5pm I will be paring down my equipment to just one hand-held camera and a 50mm lens, which I intend to place in my backpack while I take a stroll through Harvard Square and the surrounding area. I will be looking to open myself to the sensory experiences that cross my path. I will move slowly and deliberately, drinking in what is around me until such time as I am passionately moved to take out the camera and make an image. Maybe I will walk all afternoon and not take a single shot, or maybe I will be so moved by something I connect with that I will go no further and spend the whole time being creatively energized by what I have found.
If what I have said has struck a chord with you I would welcome a small number of people to try this exercise with me. We will meet at 2pm for a brief period of discussion then go our separate ways while we try the exercise as lone individuals. At 5pm we will meet up again and share our stories, experiences and images.

There will be no charge for this meetup but you will need to RSVP as group size is limited to five (including me). Best Regards Ian

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