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This is still a series about Seeing

Norm has been holding a series FREE Photowalks (mainly in Jells Park, Wheelers Hill). The themes and photographic exercises have been loosely based on Freeman Patterson’s “Photography and the Art of Seeing”,  Rich Sammon's "Photo Therapy", Carl Purcell’s “Artist Brain” with a little of Max Meldrum’s “The Science of Appearance” plus some stuff from my blog posts.

The Actual Photowalks are on hold during the COVID-19 "social distancing" (or at least till restrictions on public gathering are reduced and we can resume safely).
Photo walking while you are staying at home may sound a bit counterintuitive. However, you can practice your photography around the house just as easily as you can at an exotic location. At home everything is familiar and you will need to start seeing your place in a slightly deeper way.

Follow along as I post ideas and give examples of how I tackled the challenges on my blog.

Going with the Flow (on zoom)
Sunday 26th April, 2:00pm
Find your Focus” … Rick Sammon (a Sammonism from Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom)

This is not a warm and cuddly, group hug session. Whilst it follows the ideas of photo therapy and mindfulness you won’t have to chant or silently meditate. It is just a walk that explores ways to connect with the moment, experience the place, and unfurl creativity. Enjoy freeing your mind of distractions and focusing on the here and now. It is the type of photo therapy that is good for your health and soul.

Last Wednesday was due to be the next photowalk up at Alfred Nicholas Gardens to photograph the autumn colours.  Covid-19 restriction meant that was cancelled (and in fact never advertised). I was waiting for Dan to open things up (eg for Mother’s Day) and that’s not happening either. So I’m not expecting to be able to photowalk (legally) in May and I’m scheduling another Zoom meeting for Sunday 17th May. This time I’m taking the opportunity of already being on our computer, tablet or phone to have a session based around post-processing. We can take turns to share our favourite workflow and how we like to post-process our photos. That could share Before and After Images or share with us the software you use and/or take us through an example.  It will be about sharing our knowledge not judging photos.

Creative Visualization
Sunday 17th May. 2:00 pm via Zoom

Different photographers have called it different things. Ansel Adams Talks about "Pre- Visualiztion", Henri Cartier-Bresson talks about the eye seeing a composition or an expression of life as "The Decisive Moment", Rick Sammon uses the term "Creative Visualization". All these approaches involve understanding how you get to the final picture. What you take in camera might only part of what you envisage. So we will take the opportunity of a Zoom Meeting to take turns Images or share with us the software you use and take us through an example.

Tentative Creative Visualization II
Wednesday 15th 7:30pm via Zoom

This will replace an actual walk, which is further postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. It is simply a follow on to topics and techniques we didn't look at in the last zoom meeting. I will email details a week in advance.

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