Sight and Insight
A Workshop on Seeing in Photography
with John Wimberley.
October 6-8th 2006 Tuition $150. limited to 10 students
The most important aspect of photography is seeing. While equipment and techniques have their place, it is the quality of seeing that determines whether a picture is successful or not. The most technically and aesthetically perfect photograph is a failure if the photographer didn't perceive the subject with insight. Light reflected from objects is recorded by the camera; but it is the job of the photographers eyes to see through surfaces to meaning hidden within.
In this exciting new workshop we will examine seeing from a number of perspectives including the differences between the visual scene and the photograph, how to best use one's eyes in photography, and the roles played by cultural and personal factors. We will learn exercises designed to relax, free and energize the eyes. Because all parts of the body and psyche are interconnected, we will examine the important roles played by posture, movement and the breath in seeing. In addition, strategies for breaking through personal limitations will be presented. The difference between the physical eyes and the third eye - the energetic organ of insight - and how to use both together when photographing will be explored. The goal will be to have our pictures reflect an ever deeper, richer, more meaningful experience of the world.
This workshop is open to anyone with a camera, regardless of format or whether film or digital.
John Wimberley is one of America's preeminent landscape photographic artists. With forty years in photography, Johns critically acclaimed work has been honored with more than fifty exhibitions and has been published around the world. His work is represented in more than four hundred public and private collections, including many major museums. John is also a retired Yoga teacher and brings a body-centered perspective to teaching photography. Please visit his web site at
For more information of this or any other PPF workshops? Visit www.portlandphotoforum.org or call or email robert at 503-614-0161, firstname.lastname@example.org.