Discover a mindful approach to the art of photography in the stunning grounds of Arnos Vale. Learn to look and really see!
In this workshop you slow down and use photography, mindfulness, and walking to look again at the world around you. You learn to take notice in the present moment, and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. You experience the opposite of ‘snapping away’. As well as improve your photography skills, the workshop helps you reduce stress and improve your wellbeing.
You start off indoors, in the Spielman Centre, exploring how to look and see differently, before going on a gentle walk around the site, taking photos in a calm and mindful way of the beautiful environment of this truly inspiring and peaceful place.
The photography side of things is kept simple, low tech and fun. You can use any device you choose – mobile phone, tablet or a digital camera. The workshop is suitable for all abilities and levels of photography experience. Ruth will advise about certain technical aspects if required, but the focus is very much on looking and seeing, and creating photographs while being in the present moment. You do not need previous experience of mindfulness.
Testimonials from participants of previous Arnos Vale mindful photography workshops:
“A good reminder to slow down and make each photo count or mean something. The workshop reminded me to see the beauty in things I would normally walk past and not notice.” Marcus Clark
“Such a lovely workshop, bringing together two areas I feel really passionate about – basic techniques of mindfulness and photography. I have always found photography relaxing but maybe not realised why. Now I will be able to build on this and enjoy my hobby even more.” Hannah Bemand
“It was good to be at the cemetery – it’s a very evocative place and perfect for the workshop. It encouraged me to take time to focus in on things; to consider things in detail; to relax and enjoy the process of taking photos rather than stress about the camera etc.” Jill Humphrey
“I liked the fact that photography experience or ‘fancy kit’ wasn’t necessary. I will take more time in my day-to-day just to look and really notice the details around me.” Charlotte Ewins
“Very well presented and accommodated individual levels.” Alison Ewins
About Ruth Davey:
Ruth developed this mindful approach to photography when she experienced health challenges a few years ago. “I have lived experience of how using photography, mindfulness and being in nature helps to improve my own health and wellbeing and now want to share the benefits of this approach with others.”
Ruth has many years experience in running photography workshops, as well as being a professional, published and commissioned photographer in her own right. Her business Look Again helps people to expand their vision and to see their lives, their work and their world with fresh eyes. She runs workshops and training to groups of staff and clients in businesses and organisations, charities, universities, and schools. She delivers photography commissions as well as sells her photographs. If you are interested in a free taster interactive talk for your business, organisation or group, please contact Ruth.
Book now! – only 10 places per workshop
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If you can’t make this one, why not join Ruth another time? Future workshop dates are; Fri 25th Jan 2019, Thu 25th April 2019 & Thu 11th July 2019.