A great staff of instructors, and a wide variety of workshops to fit a broad range of interests and skill levels. Hold the Eye workshops are small with personal attention (maximum of 12 people), include hands-on instruction, shooting together, and image critique. We have a newly built studio with great natural light, filled state-of-the-art equipment, with lots of Profoto and Elinchrom lights, a whole wall of light modifiers, a wonderful projector and 10 foot screen, an audiovisual recording studio, and large print making capability. Right now, we’re offering smokin’ introductory pricing.
Listen to this, to learn more about our first set of workshop offerings:
“I think this is one of the great barriers in the creative life. It’s so seductive to spend all of our time and energy developing potential; that is to say learning techniques, gathering equipment, putting our life and our creative life in order, cleaning up the darkroom…….but if we don’t actually make something – then all that time goes to naught.”
“Am I doing it because I need it – or am I doing it because I might someday need it in theory – but never in practice. There is a bit of a hoarders mentality in this.”
What are you defending?
An illusory identity, an image in your mind, a fictitious entity.
By making this pattern conscious, by witnessing it, you dis-identify from it.
In the light of your conscious, the unconscious pattern will quickly dissolve. This is the end of all arguments and power games which are so corrosive to relationships. Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power is within, and is available to you NOW.
So anyone who is identified with their mind, and therefore disconnected from their true power their deeper self rooted in being will have fear as their constant companion. The number of people who have gone beyond mind is as yet extremely small, so you can assume that virtually everyone you meet or know lives in a state of fear. Only the intensity of it varies. It fluctuates between anxiety and dread at one end of the scale and a vague unease and distant sense of threat at the other. Most people only become conscious of it when it takes on one of it’s more acute forms. Another aspect of the emotional pain that is an intrinsic part of the egoic mind is a deep seeded sense of lack, or incompleteness – of not being whole. In some people this is conscious, in others unconscious. If it is conscious, it manifests as the unsettling and constant feeling of not being worthy or good enough. …..often enter into a compulsive pursuit of ego gratification and things to identify with, in order to fill this hole they feel within. And so they strive after possessions, money, success, power, recognition, or a special relationship. Basically so they can feel better about themselves, feel more complete. But even when they attain all these things, they find that the hole is still there. That it is bottomless, then they are really in trouble – because they cannot elude themselves anymore……
Just for fun for you to watch – but what I picked up in the trailer, was the speach Carlos uses in the trailer. Catching it at 1:29 Carlos says enough to show you that it’s NOT ABOUT LIGHTING. Too bad his DVD title is cliche, seems his approach is genuinely creative. At 1:35 – that’s powerful relationship Carlos is using to empower his model, and is what really impressed me. Don’t ever forget that the relationship trumps the lighting and if your subject relationship comes before anything technical you have to do. I also found a talk-through by Carlos on the livebooks site on lighting topics – so you can get a deeper dose of his work:
Understand photographic lighting from a new perspective
A perspective that empowers you to create, understand and succeed
Listen to the full 1 hour live presentation by Neil of his introductory lecture for the Make Light Real Workshop. The lecture outline will take you on a thought-path that will not teach you the right answers, but the right questions. Listen through a guided meditation by Neil and move yourself into a higher plane of creativity when you put the principles to work.
The MacDowell Colony is one of the best perks an artist can get. Tara Geer, a visual artist, went twice to work on her drawings. She also interviewed a MacDowell legend, lunch delivery man Blake Tewksbury.
Listen however to Tara describe the main obstacle she found to getting her own work done……what’s the answer?
And what is the result when she’s dealt with the obstacle at the end of her month?
This is the concept I stress as a core skill for artists, the meditative state – and a Mind Like Water.