I HATE FEELING VULNERABLE, I DO. I PAUSE EVERY TIME I PROCESS AND POST A PHOTOGRAPH. BUT, I STILL DO IT EACH TIME. WHY? I DO IT BECAUSE MY PHOTOS, MY EXPRESSION AND MY LIFE DEPEND UPON IT.
After getting sober six years ago, I needed a safe space to process my shit, coming to terms with who I now was and wanted to be. Through photography, it wasn’t easy, but I found a place that was both true to my own necessary boundaries and to the boundaries of those around me. Photography and that which I capture gave me the moments to start putting together a life. I have no real answers, but these years have taught me that without staying on that edge of my own vulnerability and a willingness to be transparent, I have little chance to grow or to feel whole.
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 course, Wide Open, 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. While light on technique, we will be concentrating more on transparency, expression and that often ellusive space of vulnerability. We’ll come together in a private Facebook group and on Instagram, sharing through the hashtag #wideopencourse—which will give us a togetherness and support. I’ll be there as well to provide supportive feedback—I’m in it with you.
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.
Through photography and the photos I take—that quiet place that allows me needed pause in connection, I’ve had time to heal 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.
IF YOU ARE READY TO ENGAGE WITH YOUR VULNERABLE EDGE, IF YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT USING PHOTOGRAPHY TO DELVE INTO YOURSELF, IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO CAPTURE THE JOURNEY FROM LOST TO FOUND, REGISTER NOW AND JOIN ME IN MY WIDE OPEN ECOURSE. FOR TEN DAYS I WILL BE SHARING THE INSIDE STORY OF MY OWN PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY, THERE WILL BE A NEW PHOTO PROMPT EVERY DAY, WE’LL ENCOURAGE AND BUILD AS A COMMUNITY, AND GROWTH, SO MUCH GROWTH, FOR JUST $49. IT ALL STARTS FEBRUARY 15TH. I SINCERELY HOPE YOU COME ALONG.
What past participants had to say:
"The Wide Open community is magnanimous in encouragement, artistic camaraderie and talent. Henry’s daily course emails are addictive visual poetry crack. By the end of the course, your photography and how you see and exist in the world cannot help but be this much b i g g e r. Promise." —Jennah Ferrer-Foronda
“Wide Open is not a course I’d suggest for someone who just wants to take photos of pretty things./It challenged me to look differently at myself via the camera by being more vulnerable, more ‘wide open.’ It’s been a great help not only for deepening my images but also for looking more penetratingly into myself. I recommend it as giving a set of tools for anyone humble enough to be willing to become more self-aware.” —Chuck Heikkinen
“There is a quiet place I like to sit and ponder about my brave bones. Yet when I work with Henry, his prompts and inspirations cause me to roar with no fear. My photos come alive with a voice I did not realize I had.” —Deb Taylor
“Being a part of Wide Open course was creatively igniting in the most gentle and meditative ways. Henry has a unique gift as a guide; inviting intentional exploration into the depths of our experiences through open-ended prompts that feel like morning prayers. This course encouraged me closer to my inner world while extending me further into creative expression of what lies just beneath the surface of things. With thoughtful, sincere presence, Henry creates a unique experience within Wide Open that is
efreshing and true.” —Jessamyn Turgesen