Mindfulness in Photography
Learn how mindfulness, or being present in the moment and mentally stepping away from the constant pressures and distractions of our modern world, can be achieved through photography and the creative process in this six weeks course.
This series of two-hour sessions on-site looks at the benefits that photography can bring to personal well-being, particularly by being in the natural environment. Learn to focus on the moment and create beautiful images.
There are a limited number of FREE places available on this course, for those aged 19 and over (at the start of the course) and who either have a mental health condition or difficulty, are employed and earning an annual salary less than £17,004 per annum, in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims), are a single parent, or have a social or emotional difficulty.
- Gain a life affirming relationship with photography and the natural environment
- Technical knowledge to improve your photographic results
- Confidence and strategies to bring calm
- Guidance on how to slow down and really engage with your environment; how focussing on the subject in hand can clear your mind of clutter
- Finding beauty in the natural or man made world is a mindfulness of its own
- Reflecting on the experiences you have recorded or the work you have created confirms feelings of positivity
You will receive guidance in methods to improve your photographic work and mental health through engaging with and spending time in the natural world.
Methods to improve your photographic work and mental health through engaging with and spending time in the natural world. Weekly projects will be set to engage learners in various photographic procedures.
Your tutor, an experienced photographer, will be on hand on hand to answer any queries on photographic technique, as well as to offer suggestions on ways to improve results. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions.
There will be two hour weekly sessions with tutor instruction and some practical activities on-site, a chance to look at some inspirational images, with ongoing tasks set for the following session.
If you are happy to do so, you can share your work for positive and constructive tutor and peer assessment via an online gallery.
There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion with like minded individuals on successes achieved during the course.
A 35mm digital SLR camera would be beneficial and offer the greatest flexibility however, any digital camera would suffice including a smartphone.
A tripod would also be helpful (with a phone clamp should you wish to use your smartphone).
You will also need internet access.
Please feel free to bring along samples of your work to the first session should you wish.
Activate learning offer photography courses onsite and online throughout the year. Have a look!