Sunday, March 30, 2008

Photo Workshop...On-line

We're having another Photography Workshop! Right here on the ole blog.

Here's how it started:
I emailed 5 friends who have blogs. and then they emailed some of their friends. Now we have 15 friends from Singapore to the UK all taking pictures.

Then, I emailed everyone an Assignment that I got from the book Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life by Keri Smith (she also has a blog at

The Assignment is called Wabi-Sabi:

"Wabi-sabi is the Japanese concept that speaks to the art of imperfection, and/or the willingness to accept things as they are. Wabi-sabi is about process, not product. It is about decay and aging, not growth. Wabi-sabi requires that we slow down to take notice of hidden things, imperfections, and the passing of time. If you like control, it takes courage and trust to practice wabi-sabi.

To practice wabi-sabi means to accept nature’s process, including impermanence and the absence of life. You can start by taking notice of the details in your everyday life. A spiderweb full of dead bugs in the window frame. An old chair with chipped paint. A yellowed newspaper. These things could be dismissed as ugly and without value, but wabi-sabi teaches us that we are in a constant state of change and we must value that which is in the moment" (p. 74-75)

The Critique begins tomorrow.
I will post 3 pictures each day from one of the participants. The Critique discussion will take place within the Comments. There will also be a Poll on the side bar for you to vote for which photo will be in the Show.

Thank you for being a part of this exciting way to look differently at our days, to slow down and begin the acceptance of the life around us.

Wabi-sabi to all of you.

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