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I’ll be taking some time off to celebrate Canada 150 and family weddings. Stay tuned for fall workshops.

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Recent Posts

On Subtle Photographs

  One of the most enlightening exercises in the visual journaling workshop is to come up with five adjectives to describe a photograph. Do this for ten or so favourites and see which adjectives come up most. These words will give you insight into your purpose or...

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What I’ve Learned from Teaching

A recent email from a reader got me thinking about what I've learned from teaching photography workshops for seven years now. Susan is planning to offer contemplative photography workshops herself and asked for advice - on what's worked and what hasn't. Hmmm, I...

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The Value of Curiosity

These kids are doing what comes naturally to them, being curious. They were waiting in a long line with their parents to board a tall ship at the lake. To make the most of the time, they examined the ground at their feet, and even photographed what they found....

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Why Do You Do What You Do?

This is the third and final post in the series on the topic of intentions. Our deepest intentions come from our soul and tell us why we do what we do and what we value. This is why it's so important to be aware of them, to watch where we put our feet, and then be open...

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Intentions in Photography

  In last week's post, The Purity of Intention, I explored the difference between egoic and nourishing, liberating intentions, based on the work of Tara Brach. What if we apply these same ideas to our photography? Egoic intentions in photography are based on fear...

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The Purity of Intention

Last weekend, I hosted a photography workshop in Niagara-on-the-Lake and we focused on pausing and focusing with intention. Over the next few weeks, I'll explore this topic in more detail, beginning here with an updated post from 2014. "You are what your deepest...

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