Contemplative photography enables us to use the skill of mindfulness to be more aware of our surroundings and the relationships among its elements to make better images. As a photographer and teacher, I celebrate our connection to the natural world, its landscapes and its inhabitants, and I teach students the skills to expand their ways of seeing. I look for and try to express mystery and wholeness.
My approach comes from a lifetime of teaching adolescents at an independent school, from a long fascination with the biology of living things, from expeditions in the wilderness (mountains in Alaska and in NH in winter, Newfoundland and Labrador by sea), and from work and travel with local people in developing nations (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, China).
For years, I taught skill-based technical photography workshops in several places. Wanting to focus more on photography as personal spiritual practice, I now each contemplative landscape workshops, often with George DeWolfe, in Death Valley, Mount Desert, ME, and other locations. I also mentor individual students to clarify and realize their goals. I have had several solo exhibits, and my work is in the permanent collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art, as well as several private collections. Prints of my work are available by contacting me directly.
© Lydia B. Goetze