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). I am also interested in the neurophysiology and psychology of visual perception and the ways they are applied in 2-D visual art.
For years, I taught skill-based technical photography workshops in several places. Wanting to focus more on photography as personal spiritual practice, I have also taught contemplative landscape workshops, often with George DeWolfe, in Death Valley, Mount Desert, ME, China, and other locations. 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