LISTEN :: Hearing our hearts through the photos we make.
Limiting the number to 30 participants—I really want this to be an intimate experience for all.
JUNE 3rd - 14th
I often get so caught up in hunting for and making the photo, judging its quality, or, like a threat, the judgement I feel for myself and forget to stop, take a breath, pause, give the photo time to sit and be heard—for me to listen to what it is saying to me—what I am trying to say to myself.
About two years ago, to the day, I hit that proverbial bottom again—just finishing up year long project that left me in the space of alone and in need. I stopped listening to my photos the way I used to—I stopped taking the time to listen to myself, my heart. I turned away from myself and started listening to self-medicating and those voices that refuse to listen and only speak. I lost my photography and I lost myself.
I’ve said this a thousand times and have forgotten it so many, but it’s truer now than it ever has been. Each photo that I take is about what I’m processing, what I’m feeling, what I’m being. If you can concede to this notion and completely believe that each photo you take is about your own personal journey, what’s in you, then anything you see becomes a photo worth taking, a feeling worth expressing.
This 10 day ecourse, Listen, will lead you, push you and I hope change you. I will walk you through the steps with daily information and prompts, encouraging you to own your voice. We will not be talking about technique—we need to table that for this. Let us instead take this time to forget about how we photograph and feel more closely to what we’ve captured and what it is saying—let us be transparent, express and vulnerable. To others, sure, but more importantly, to ourselves. We’ll come together in a private Facebook group and on Instagram, sharing through the hashtag #listencourse19—which will give us a togetherness and support. I’ll be there as well to provide supportive feedback—I’m in it with you. All prompts will be posted each morning within the Facebook group and on Instagram.
My hope is that this course will touch and lead you to a place that gives you that truest vision for your own photography and self.
I fell, may fall again, but today I’m healing, let us heal together. Through photography and the photos I take—that quiet place that allows me needed pause in connection, I’ve had time for this and to know that there’s not a moment in my life when embracing my frailties and all the thoughts that linger in those deep recesses do not bring me closer to whole. Through the vulnerability I’ve learned the ability to love the imperfections in all I see and most of all, in my own self.