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“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.” ― Ansel Adams
What is visual wisdom? What emotions, knowledge and passion did the great landscape artists like Leonardo, Monet, Adams and Wyeth bring to their canvases and lenses before they created their images? What spiritual relationship did they have with their subject? What essential skills did they master and pair with their visual wisdom to create landscape masterpieces?
In this weeklong workshop, Ossian will teach you to increase your visual awareness and to intuitively use the camera to connect, compose, enhance and expand your mindfulness and personal vision. In the spirit of Mindful Travel, there will be less focus on “taking” pictures and more on slowly and deeply capturing the essence and magic of moments and places. By embracing serendipity, we will enjoy the fine art of wandering and we will connect more intimately with our natural surroundings.
Ossian, a passionate traveler, masterful teacher, naturalist and landscape photographer, will ignite your visual wisdom and inspire you to joyfully and mindfully learn about and connect with nature. Each day he will teach you valuable technical lessons, engage you fully in daily critiques and mind-provoking one-on-one meetings.
Ossian’s workshop will focus on three key areas of the travel photographic experience:
- Perception and Imaging: When you look at a place, what do you see and feel? What do you want your audience to see and feel?
- Composition: What are the basic proven compositional guidelines for creating winning photographs. Much like the classic rules of painting or creative writing, what is the visual “grammar” that a photographer must learn to better compose what he desires and to do so with better clarity.
- Capturing Light: Waiting, Chasing and Helping. What kinds of light can travel photographers anticipate and wait for? How to work with transient and serendipitous light that travel photographers have to work quickly to exploit. Finally, how can travel photographers help the light situation in the field and in postproduction? What skills and techniques for enhancing, reducing or controlling light can the photographers use.
Maine, much like Ossian’s native Northwest Argentina, is a nature and landscape photographer’s paradise that stirs our curiosity and deepest callings. In the spirit of true travel, we will not be chasing the best light or be constrained by “shooting” at sunrise and sunset. Like true explorers, we will walk, see, learn and capture the world around us at all hours, angles and situations that the day may bring.
Join Ossian in this inspiring weeklong workshop where you will sharpen your visual sensibilities as you learn key compositional and photographic skills. Embrace Emerson’s credo that “Every artist was first an amateur” as you enhance your creativity and power of observation and learn to be a more mindful traveler whose senses are fully connected to a place.
Finally at the heart of Ossian’s teachings is the role of photography to empower, advocate or enable nature conservation. In the spirit of the world’s greatest conservation photographer, Ansel Adams, Ossian will facilitate lively discussions about how our photographs can help raise awareness about protecting the places we fall in love with in our travels.
"Ossian Lindholm's instruction, his positive feedback, skill, passion and knowledge were fantastic and I could see my photos progress daily. The outcome of my learning was far beyond my expectations. He is a delight to work with, he is a wonderful personality, his knowledge is broad and deep and I look forward to taking another workshop with Ossian in the near future." Darrin Fund
"This was an amazing workshop. Ossian is an incredible teacher. He is so passionate about photography and just wants to transmit everything he knows to his students. He cares about the conservation and the environment, not just getting the photo...I am going to tell everyone about this workshop." Felicity Arengo, NYC