Contemplative Photography

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Like in practically every busy city, the streets are rather silent at 8:30 in the morning. Most families are taking advantage of the weekend by lingering in their bed or at the breakfast table. I do remember those days… 

Our bus stopped in Front of Rideau Centre, a short walking distance from our destination: the Arts Court. We are ready to meet Henry and Lorraine Fernando, the two photographers who are leading this interactive workshop. We encourage you to check them out!

So, here is the moment you are all waiting for, i.e. the answer to the question “What in the world is contemplative photography”? In a nutshell, it is both the practice of seeing and the practice of mindfulness. It allows you to develop a conceptual and a perceptual way of seeing by being in the moment, aware of your surroundings without any prejudice or judgement. Boy… I will definitely get bonus points for that… LOL

The workshop size varies and can include up to 10 participants. Since we were only 3, it really felt like a private session. Awesome!

This first day focussed on two aspects of photography, applying the concepts described above:

  1. Colour
  2. Light & Shadow

After in-class teaching and discussions, we were sent out in the neighbourhood to take pictures based on those two aspects. Ample time was given to shoot, come back, do a bit of post-processing, and collectively review 5 to 10 photographs per participant. What a great exercise!

As a side note, it was nice to get to know another husband-wife team sharing the same hobby while developing their individual talent. The world is full of interesting people…

Ready for bed… Bonne nuit!


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