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In the Footsteps of Paul Strand
Walk the ephemeral, darkening mists of space and time in Scotland's Outer Hebrides to view, and then photograph, the incredible array of neolithic stone monuments scattered across this island chain.
Scotland is blessed with more stone circles, liths and prehistoric monuments than any other 'country' in Europe and we will be traveling there to experience them. Join other like-minded photographers as we ramble among the island ruins of Lewis, Harris and both North and South Uist - with few tourists to block our sight lines! Then, snuggle in at eventide in the Harris Hotel (Harris) and the Lochboisdale Hotel (South Uist) with a glass of your favorite beverage as you discuss and review your day's work!
Our tours and workshops are in-the-field experiences open to photographers who desire to hone skills in capturing content and developing a style – all in the beautiful and engaging environs of Cuba, Venice, Barcelona, Scotland, Santa Fe, Upper Mustang and East & Southern Africa – preferably using Leica M, SL or Fuji X digital cameras with prime lenses. These systems are well suited to the classic image-making activity in which we engage: street photography & portraiture, the occasional landscape and an ability to lend 'presence' to static objects like buildings and monuments. (Tho it must be noted that 99% of viewers do not care what camera was used; they, like all of us, simply want to see great images!)
Mindfullness / Be Here Now
Just as Buddhism attempts to get one to live in the present, mindful of the now, we boost your visual story-telling by helping you focus on the image in front of you at any given moment. The knack is to create the best, most engaging and captivating photograph you can with this one chance – right now!
Digital imaging and zoom lenses often obscure this idea, submerging it deep below the level of conscious thinking. With our ability to freely churn through hundreds of images we forget that it is this one picture right now, there before us, that is the most important image we will ever make – at least until we approach the next shot!
In photography, the path we choose may include a goal, but the goal is not the end, it is simply a signpost toward which we move. Reality suggests there is no end, there is simply the journey. Taking this journey we improve our mental and physical discipline – our eye and heart, our hand and proper stances, to discover personal rhythms and our own sources of photographic power.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. – Theodore Isaac Rubin
"Whilst we in dreams behold the Hebrides"
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