You'll be exploring how photography can be used as a tool for mindfulness & communication, guided by experienced Photographer Ellie Smart. This course is not about technical ability and you can use the camera on your phone.
How Can Photography Help You?
Photography is a wonderful way to help you start living in the moment and connecting with the world around. It encourages us to take time, be still and notice the details. It allows us to connect with the world around us, whether its nature or people, and offers a chance to take our mind off of any current anxious feelings and uncomfortable thoughts and focus purely on our surroundings.
Photography can soothe us, putting us into a relaxed state, taking “us” out of the picture and allowing life to just “be”.
It can help us to cultivate useful skills, such as an attention for small details, patience, connection and awareness.
When we experience social anxiety and a sense of not being good enough, we tend to focus inwards and our internal-external attention becomes out of balance. In this self-focus, we have a heightened sense of self-judgement; we’re intensely tuned into our thoughts and feelings, keeping the anxiety-cycle going; and we feel disconnected from other people and the world.
What Will You Get From This Photography Course?
In this course, you'll be guided by experienced nature and documentary photographer, Ellie; exploring the ways in which photography can be used as a tool for mindfulness and how we can even use it as a tool to communicate without words too.
You'll discover how you can be using photography as a tool for reducing anxiety and cultivating awareness, presence and acceptance in your life.
How to Join Us
What You Need to Know
This 6-week photography course offers weekly online lessons that will introduce you to new techniques to practice. You'll also get a live Q&A session with photographer Ellie Smart once a week which will be an opportunity for you to discuss your photographs, progress, thoughts and questions that may have arisen during your practice.
You’ll experience your photographic journey with a small group of like minded people. Guidance from Ellie will be available throughout the course and you will be part of a private group so you can share your learning as you go along should you wish to and access support from Ellie.
This group will be non-competitive, with no focus on technical ability and no judgement - after all, photography is a form of art, and there is no right or wrong with art. The focus will be entirely on how photography can help you to reflect and live more present, calm and connected in your day-to-day life, and you can easily take part with just your phone.
The next course begins on 16th August.
A new course lesson will be released on Monday each week.
A Q&A session with Ellie will run every Tuesday at 6:30-7:00pm and will be recorded for anyone who cannot make it.
Investment is £40.00 - you'll be sent an invoice once you sign up and have the option to pay by debit or credit card.
Once you register for the course, you'll be sent a welcome email payment details. A joining link will be sent the week before the course begins. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org