(Online) Heaven and Earth: Contemplative Landscape Photography

with John McQuade

July 9th—September 24th

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    "Traditionally it is said that when human beings live in harmony with the principles of heaven and earth, then the four seasons and the elements of the world will also work together harmoniously. Then there is no fear and humans begin to join in, as they deserve, in living in the world. They have heaven above and earth below and they appreciate the trees and greenery and so on. They begin to appreciate all of this."

        - Chogyam Trungpa; Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior

    This contemplative photography Landscape course explores landscapes from an Eastern contemplative art orientation rather than the traditional Western scenic approach. The contemplative landscape way gives emphasis to visual forms, space and a sensibility of stillness rather than the conventional landscape formats of dramatic effect.

    The course includes resource teachings from contemplative aesthetics, Daoism and Chinese Landscape Paintings. It also includes consideration of Western contemplative landscape photographers such as Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

    Who Should Attend

    This course is open to anyone who is interested in exploring the principles of Contemplative Landscapes and messages they express.

    You should be prepared to travel through the country side looking and finding Contemplative Landscapes. This is different than capturing Nature, and could take some time -- which is why the sessions are spaced two weeks apart.

    You will also need a digital camera with a “long lens – at least 180.”

    Enrolment is limited to 15.

    This slideshow shows samples of John McQuade's Contemplative Landscape work.


    What to Expect

    The program is structured through teachings, assignments and assignment reviews.

    You will be given specific exploration assignments that we will collectively share and review.
    Meditation instruction and practice will be offered, but it is not a required feature of the program.


    Saturdays: July 9 | July 23 | August 6 | August 20 | September 10 | September 24 
    (September 3 skipped -- Labour Day weekend.)
    Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm Atlantic | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
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    John McQuade's Website: www.dralaimage.com
    Contact John: [email protected]