Photography is a language that communicates in pictures. But the act of seeing the pictures is only a means to convey a message to a deeper place inside us.
Your way of experiencing the world is unique to you. By making art you are trying to give a voice to this unique experience. To incorporate your true feelings that reflect who you are and what you wish to say, your voice needs to come from an authentic place inside you. It needs to evoke an emotional response in yourself, before it can truly communicate anything to anyone else.
The aim of this course is to introduce ideas and practices that will help you find that authentic creative place inside yourself to make strong photographic work with feeling and emotion. The course is a process of self-discovery and a personal artistic development that combines some elements of a spiritual retreat with those of a practical photographic workshop.
Participants with any level of experience are welcome, as each person can learn, practise and proceed at their own pace. The essential equipment needed is a digital camera that you are familiar with. It doesn't need to be complicated, even a smart phone camera is fine.
Or quite simply, a Mindful Approach to Photography...
When we like a work of art, we find that first we are drawn to it emotionally. Only afterwards do we think about what it means or consider the skills needed to make it. Even if we don’t understand the art work or how it was made, we instinctively know how it makes us feel.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye”
from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The courses are held at Casa da Cabaza, a B&B and creative workshop centre located on the shores of a countryside lake in beautiful, rural Galicia, northwestern Spain.
It is a beautiful location that provides a creative and peaceful environment. By getting away away from daily routines, you will be able to focus completely on developing your creative work without distractions.
My professional background in photography is as an artist and a commercial photographer with over 20 years experience of working in London, Stockholm and Dubai.
I now live in Spain and focus solely on art photography and printmaking projects and workshops.
To see some of my work, visit Tariq Dajani Photography.
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“I shut my eyes in order to see” - Paul Gaugin