Authenticity

Authenticity - The Process of Photographic Creativity

Authenticity is the single most important attribute an artist and photographer can learn and possess. It is a process of working from within that allows us to see and reach beyond the surface of things. It is the path to creating a master work - a masterpiece - images that speak of a moment, beyond the moment, carrying the past onward to the future. 

The way to a fulfilling creative life as a photographic artist is reached by emptying ourselves of unnecessary impediments - such as any pre-occupation with technicalities of cameras, settings, rules of composition - and stepping into the present to connect with and see the place and moment we stand as if only the wind had blown that way before. It’s stopping the critical mind, the busy mind, and reaching back to the mind of innocence, connecting with the place within us that is one with all that surrounds us and can see into & feel the true nature of what we are photographing.

A strange thing happened to me today. I saw a big thundercloud move down over half dome and it was so big and clear and brilliant that it made me see many things that were drifting around inside of me. Things that relate to those who are loved and those who are real friends. For the first time I know what love is, what friends are, and what art should be.     - Ansel Adams

The workshop begins with a review of the fundamentals of photographic "seeing,” and image creation and the skills necessary to step beyond just recording a scene or subject. The basic technical problems that stand between photographers and masterful expression - both in the capture and post-processing stages - will be covered, solutions and tools offered.

This two-day workshop intensive is designed to help you free your camera, your mind, and your creative spirit. It is a great stand-alone or a perfect companion to the B&W Master Print workshop.

This workshop is next scheduled to be offered at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops December 2-3, 2017. Contact Santa Fe Photographic Workshops or click here to register on their website.