Harness your spirituallity as a creative force in this week of seeing and making new photographs.

©Douglas BeasleyThis week is for exploring new ways of seeing and making photographs that come from a more personal and intimate place, using spirituality as a creative force. We revitalize our creativity by exploring the relationship between the subject, the camera and ourselves. Cultivating simplicity with purpose and vision, we learn to create more powerful as well as more personal photographs, supporting the notion that a photograph is not 'taken' but ‘made’. Through self-discovery, our photographs breathe new life and we are able to make more authentic connections with all of our subjects.  

Zen & the Art of Photography is a challenging invitation to redefine not only what is personally suitable subject matter but our whole approach to creative expression. Inspiration is sparked by a balance of conversation, meditation, sharing previous photos, critiques, writing exercises, readings, poetry or whatever means necessary. Numerous photographic exercises and assignments are site specific and concerned with both internal and external experience and growth.

Through photo exercises, assignments and daily field trips, we learn to increase visual awareness while clarifying our approach, making images that are both more personal and more meaningful. Insightful and powerful imagery are created by cultivating simplicity and by developing the power of intuition, fueled by the proper balance of contemplation and decisiveness (be mindful/act now). We also pay attention to lighting, composition, depth-of-field and exposure issues. Much practical advice is given in these areas but more importantly individuals practice using this information to make more powerful and meaningful images.

Maine Media Workshops is located in the small town of Rockport, Maine, an artistic oasis along the rugged Maine coast that offers many photographic opportunities. Mornings are spent in class and on photographic exercises and afternoons on field trips with Doug, photographing assignments, or in critiques or reviews of work in progress. There are several other workshops happening simultaneously so expect cross-pollination with other groups over shared meals and instructor presentations at night. Come prepared to grow past previously perceived boundaries.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND: While participants must have a strong working knowledge of their camera, the creative process of image making is emphasized over the mechanics of camera use. Both digital and film, in all formats are welcome. Open to all levels of experience but better suited to those looking to expand their creativity and vision than those seeking technical help.

Students may shoot digitally or B&W film.


Douglas Beasley

© Raoul BenevidesDouglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey.

After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he worked for many years as a commercial photographer while pursuing his vision in fine art. Much of his art is supported by grants and commissions and has been widely exhibited and collected. Douglas' photos are featured in numerous magazines and published and exhibited internationally. His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s homeland. His most recent book Earth Meets Spirit; A Journey Through the Sacred Landscape was recently published by Five Continents Editions in Milan.

As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He also photographs various fine-art based commercial assignments locally and throughout the world.

Douglas continues to explore the notion of what is sacred in his photography and in his life. He lives in a unique passive solar home surrounded by trees in Saint Paul, MN where, when not out traveling the world, he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music. 

Course Dates

Jul 19 to Jul 25



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