Intimacy & Exposure: The Alchemy of Photography
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
May 15-20, 2016
Photography is a profound exchange of light energy. Yet in this age of unprecedented picture taking and sharing, we're often blind to the ways in which the camera can help us experience truer connection and even transcendence. In a time of virtual and hyper connectivity, how can we bring a deeper awareness to the photographic process to enrich our art and lives?
At every step, photography is a balancing of relationships (light and shadow, time and space, subject and object, seen and unseen), the union of which brings forth a still moment and new creation. In this way, the camera becomes an alchemical tool for both distilling and dissolving duality.
This workshop is a dive into the natural beauty of Esalen and Big Sur, and offers the opportunity for hands-on creativity while challenging basic assumptions about how we see and engage with our environment. Daily photo assignments and group feedback encourage deeper intimacy with place and people, and highlight our unconscious personal patterns. The principles we discover through photography are metaphors and guides for living.
This workshop is best suited for people with at least a beginner's understanding of photography, but all levels can find a comfortable fit. Bring your own digital SLR camera and photo editing software like iPhoto. Or, if you'd like to experiment with your iPhone or iPad camera, that's okay too. Enrollment is limited for an optimal and intimate group experience. To see a video collage of work by past workshop participants work, click here.
"I had no idea what would be revealed to me, and I recognize now the work I did there as the most intimate expression of how I approach and love life. I have never experienced anything as transformative. Thank you again and again." -S.L.
"I loved the workshop. Thank you for being such a gentle, patient, warm and attentive guide in this special journey." -E.L.
"This was a great experience. My whole concept of photography has shifted to a much higher level." -J.G.
"To learn to enter a 'flow state' takes gentleness and finesse, which you exceeded in. This class was a beautiful experience in grounding and opening up to other parts of myself...This class re-awakened an ember of creativity within me. Thank you." -S.S.
"The workshop was exactly I needed: a safe, inspired space filled with potential." -S.P.
"The balance of exchange, exercises, and time to discuss and absorb the process was ideal, as was the size of the class. It provided the necessary level of intimacy for the exploration of ourselves with nature, the camera and each other." -J.P.
"Thank you Andy for showing me the way to my truth, my creativity, and my joy." -D.K.
"Awesome experience! Well balanced between technical and experiential." -P.R.
"The workshop exceeded my expectations and has set in motion a quest to bring my craft to a new level." -M.S.
"Learned, efficient, open, inspiring and exceptionally talented, Andy gave more than 100% to the class. He created a good group cohesiveness, and helped each of us through our own barriers." -M.M.
"Thank you for facilitating and being part of the most amazing experience of my life!" -S.L.