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urban zen: A Vision Quest Photo Workshop

This is a special weekend urban version of Doug’s popular Zen & the Art of Photography. We will use the unique photo opportunities in an urban environment to show that Zen images can happen anywhere and inspiration can be found wherever we are. Through photo exercises, assignments and field trips participants will deepen their visual awareness and self-expression while clarifying their approach, making their image both more personal and more meaningful.

We will work on cultivating simplicity to make more powerful photographs, supporting the notion that a photograph is not 'taken' but made. We become better photographers by becoming more in touch with our inner selves and then use that awareness to deepen our connection with our subject, whether person, place, or thing. 

This is a challenging invitation to redefine not only what is personally suitable subject matter but your whole approach to photography. Inspiration will be sparked by a balance of talks, readings, walking and sitting meditation, short writing exercises and poetry. Bring your camera and plenty of film or extra memory cards because most of the day you will be working on site-specific photographic exercises and assignments, with guidance and feedback provided by Doug.

This is the perfect workshop if you are looking for creative renewal, want to take your photography to a deeper and more personal level, if you are looking for something out the ordinary or if you want to try an abbreviated version of Doug’s popular week-long Zen and the Art of Photography workshop. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: While participants must have a working knowledge of their camera, the creative process of image making will be emphasized over the mechanics of camera use. Both digital and film, in all formats, are welcome. Open to all levels of experience but better suited to those looking to expand their creativity and vision.


1st day: Friday October 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
2nd day: Saturday Oct. 3, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
3rd day: Sunday Oct. 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Class Limit: 18
Workshop Fee: $300.  $100 nonrefundable deposit due now to hold your place. Balance must be paid on the first day of the workshop.

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Later Event: November 5
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