I mean.. whew.. this is personal mission work, and I think, work that brings many to not just love Dr. Brown’s work, but to engage in learning and in connecting/sharing/empowering, and for some, in training to facilitate based on her research.
From Krista’s Tippet’s “On Being” radio interview with former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and interfaith visionary Eboo Patel :
“…DR. EBOO PATEL: …radio host named Norman Corwin…. He’s got this line that I say to a lot of 20-year-olds on campuses:
“Post proofs that brotherhood is not so wild a dream that those who profit by postponing it pretend.”
“… Post that proof. Just do that. It is a religious act, however small it might be. Just post your proof that
is not so wild a dream that these other people think it might be.”
…remember to play.
This is an image I made during a one week workshop at the Maine Photographic Workshop (now known as the Maine Media Workshop), in Rockport, ME, (years ago, now).
I call that week a turning point because of the facilitator, Sean Kernan, whose quiet guidance was more geared to seeing than to craft or method. Sean encouraged playing outside most of the “boxes” that some photographers want to get comfortable in..
elusive unself-conscious fruit of bold experiment was more valued than predictable formulae or safe technique. And, as I have posted before, he fostered a way of looking at each other’s work without ponderous and egotistical judgment in feedback sessions.. not a bad way to see the world, either, eh?
Finally, he has a new book we’ve been waiting YEARS for, based on his lifelong curiosity and passion for finding and nurturing that state of fresh wonder and amazement we often refer to as “the zone”, or “the creative state”.
The new book is called “Looking Into the Light”, and is out on iTunes, so far, for download.
Follow the link to his companion site for info and dialog on the book; I think almost anyone in the creative arts will benefit from delving his/her own process with this book at hand. It certainly won’t replace being in one of Sean’s workshops, but try it.
I think you’re gonna like the way you look.. into the light.
Looking into the Light |
Looking Into The Light: Creativity and Photography is a series of exercises and assignments that take photographers to a direct experience of their own creativity, then let them practice it in their work. It comes from a workshop that Sean Kernan has developed over more than 30 years of …
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I used to host a “space music” radio show, on WHQR in Wilmington, NC, following the nationally syndicated Music from the Hearts of Space. On my own show, Into the Mystic, I interviewed HOS host/producer, Stephen Hill. All these years later, he has chosen one of my flickr photos from my mom’s garden for a flickr “gallery” connected with a rebroadcast of one of his shows, Evolution, this coming week. I doubt he connects my flickr name with my real name, so that would make this a double synchronicity, I think.
I Always recommend listening to HOS. If you’re unfamiliar, find it on the web:
Click this thumbnail to go to the gallery: