What is the course about?
How often do you walk or drive to work and barely notice what you’re passing. Places become so familiar to us we hardly ever stop to notice them, or we are so consumed by our thoughts that life can rush by without the time to really consider our place in it. This can lead to stress and a flight or fight response that can affect our health and wellbeing.
We’re bombarded every day with thousands of images and sometimes we don’t even notice them. We snap away at subjects with our phones or digital cameras and the resulting images often never leave our devices, except maybe to send the odd Facebook message or tweet.
This is your chance to slow down, take stock and take photographs with thought. Using the skills of mindfulness - being in the moment, noticing without judgement - you will start to notice not only what you are seeing with fresh eyes but what you are thinking and feeling giving space to your creativity.
On this course you will learn the principles of mindfulness and apply them to your photography. It’s amazing how quickly you will start to develop your own personal photographic style which in itself boosts confidence and a sense of achievement.
What previous students liked about the course: .
“Combination of mindfulness and photography is a great idea. It works! Helped to reveal the richness of life!”
“Close approach, intimate tutor/student relation. Easier to be more confident.”
“Rachel is kind, supportive and easy to learn from.”
“The creativeness in mindfulness. That’s important to me.”
“Learned a lot about mindfulness and in relationship with photography. Good group and felt supported.”
“An opportunity to practically apply what we’d learnt during the sessions on the shoots.”
What will we cover?
- the principles and practice of mindfulness and how to apply them in everyday situations;
- how to apply mindfulness to ways of seeing and your creative photographic practice;
- how to produce a mindful photographic project which helps develop your photographic style;
- photographic skills for your particular level of ability.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use mindfulness techniques in your everyday life;
- carry out simple meditation techniques to bring about stress reduction;
- apply mindfulness to develop ways of seeing;
- use mindfulness to enhance your creative photographic practice;
- produce a creative photographic project which reflects your own style and enhanced abilities.
What students have achieved on their course:.
“Being more self-compassionate, meditation, being mindful.” MSR
“Practice mindfulness for creativity to develop.” LT
“Understand mindfulness and have ways of applying it to improve calmness in general and how I photograph.” ND
“A chance to be inspired, play and design my own photo coaching process, see the benefits in others of being mindful photographers. I’ve been able to answer the questions I set my self at the beginning of the course.” NC
“More attentive in photography to values: what photography means. Increased awareness of the richness of life.” SP
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels of photography skills. It will cover the basics of mindfulness principles and practice, so those with these skills can still apply them to the photography element of the course.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be partly taught in the classroom and partly out of doors. You will be walking approximately 1 mile (1.5km) in the local area.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a device you are able to take photographs on and get them printed between classes as required for the project element of the course. Bring a notebook and pen.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit has over 70 different practical and theoretical photography courses - browse the website or prospectus for inspiration.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details