The Ongoing Moment

As much as we try to capture moments in our photography, there really is no such thing as a moment. Life is fluid, ongoing, ever-changing. Once we click the shutter, that image is already in the past.

“In photography there is no meantime. There was just that moment and now there’s this moment and in between there is nothing. Photography, in a way, is the negation of chronology.” ~ Geoff Dyer, The Ongoing Moment

This means that impermanence is a fundamental part of life. We know this intellectually, but constantly resist it psychologically.

On the one hand, these thoughts of impermanence can be depressing. Time is ticking away and nothing lasts forever. What we consider beautiful is ephemeral, here today, gone tomorrow. Everything and everyone, including ourselves, is in a process of disintegration. We have no idea what the future holds. What do we do with this uncertainty?
On the flip side, this idea of constant change opens up possibilities. The future is open, with events and circumstances not yet known to us, perhaps things that will impact us in positive ways we’d never imagined.

What would it mean to live with the notion, even celebrate the notion, that everything is impermanent?

These are questions I’ve been pondering for some time now for a new course offering – daily, short-term practice in celebrating impermanence. I’ve been working on this for awhile and have collected all kinds of information and ideas. Now I have a structure that I think will work well as a way to say goodbye to 2016 and start off the new year fresh. Maybe accepting the reality of impermanence, even celebrating it, would cause us to fall in love with our everyday lives.

cisquareThe course will consist of 15 days of emailed photographic prompts and inspiration in December. There will be no group, but you can share your responses with others through social media channels using the hashtag #celebrateimpermanence.

Here’s how it will work.

There will be 5 emails per week (Monday through Friday) for three weeks, beginning December 5th and ending December 23rd. The weekly topics will be: Time & Change (Week 1), Uncertainty & Loss (Week 2), and Celebration & Joy (Week 3). Each email will include a photograph, a themed quote (with link to corresponding article), and a photographic prompt. The cost is $15 USD.

If you’ve wanted to try a workshop with me, but are hesitant about joining a group, this is a chance to try something different. My goals for you in this course are to:

* Realize that longing for permanence is part of human nature.

* See that change means there is novelty and surprise and possibilities everywhere.

* Quit judging everything as good or bad and see the beauty in imperfection.

* Accept loss as part of life and practice resilience.

* Appreciate the value of grief.

* See each day as the gift it is, no matter what it brings.

If this sounds intriguing to you and you’re ready to sign up, you can do so right here. If you’d like to learn more, click here.

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