Join us for a weekend retreat of storytelling through your own creative photography, writing, and book design. As a seasoned professional photographer Larry Lindahl will inspire you to capture beautiful photographs from the subtle details to the elemental grandeur of the Sedona landscape.
Participants will learn a simple process of weaving photography of the natural world with observational journaling. We will practice easy and effective techniques to deepen our appreciation of the natural world. Capturing visual imagery and also writing about our physical senses will intertwine into the introspective story of our experience.
As an award-winning book designer and published author Larry will guide you in designing your own small book featuring your photography and writing from the retreat. At the end of the retreat you will have completed a keepsake book to celebrate your reciprocal relationship with the natural world.
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Friday 7 -9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Includes $30.00 Lab fee for Yavapai College Sedona Center for Art and Technology for the Sunday session)
Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.
Note: the first meeting for this workshop is 7:00 p.m. Friday Evening at the Sedona Arts Center.
About Larry Lindahl:
Larry Lindahl is a landscape photographer published in books, magazines, and scenic calendars. His award-winning book "Secret Sedona" explores the red rock wilderness through his vibrant photography and engaging journal entries. From these experiences he was asked to write the chapter on photographing Sedona in the book "Arizona Highways Photography Guide." His photography is also in the best-selling book, "Grand Canyon: The Vault of Heaven" and the Smithsonian exhibit "Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography."
Friday evening, 7-8:30pm: A presentation by Larry of images and ideas will initiate our journey together. A short writing assignment will begin to open our awareness of further developing an appreciative relationship with nature and our ability to interpret this in our own unique way. We will then share our individual wishes for the weekend, what we hope to experience and accomplish, and what we hope to bring home by Sunday.
Saturday, morning, 3 hrs: Rising early in morning we will walk on a trail to a special place to capture the first light. We will engage our camera as we greet the beginning of this new day. While out on the land we make a spectrum of photos, finding a variety of subjects, textures, colors, contrasts, and potential stories.
When the golden hour has passed we will engage for a half hour with our notebooks and outline a handful of experiences that coincided with the time frame that we were engaged in our photography. Our writing will highlight the natural sounds, sylvan fragrances, physical sensations, and visual changes that are impossible for the camera to record. From entering this deep observational state we will look for the thread of a story that brings forth a voice of deep wisdom and intimate relationship with nature.
Saturday, afternoon, 4 hrs through sunset: We meet in the classroom and share our insights in finding the thread of our project story. What tipped us in the direction we are now following? What element spoke to us in a way that we could listen? How did we interpret the message we received? What visual elements capture the essence of that message? How will we complete the story we have discovered?
After investigating the clues that led to our project?s theme we will write three affirmations aimed at a graceful completion of our theme. What elements are missing? How can we illustrate in words and images the threads that will tie our theme together? Can we stay open to new insights and fresh discoveries? What message awaits us on the land?
We take our notebooks and cameras to a new location for sunset. After walking to a place that holds natural beauty and stories of life we begin the process of deepening our observations both visually and intuitively. Carrying our project theme into the landscape we will allow the natural world to meet us halfway. In that reciprocal relationship we will listen and look for what was beyond our awareness until now.
As sunset slowly changes the color and texture of the land we will make photos and follow our muse in writing having found inspiration from both. By the time the sun has dipped over the horizon we will have collected more raw material and have more depth to our experience as we progress toward completing our project.
Sunday, 9am-noon, classroom session. You will select your most engaging photography and passages from your journal that speak in the voice you want. We will then explore weaveing our photography and writing into the 'narrative' of a book. Using the layout templates of print-on-demand publishers we will begin designing a 20-page book. Larry will lend his award-winning book design background toward your personal projects, sharing professional techniques in making an attractive book cover and interior pages.
After lunch you will spend two hours to make progress in completing our book. In the closing hour we will share our discoveries in developing our project. Did you follow a gut feeling? Did you experience a synchronicity? Did you discover hidden beauty that you have overlooked in the past? Did you feel oneness with the natural world? We close the retreat with an Earth blessing at 4pm.