A unique pathway to exploring your photography

In this imaginative and intensive workshop Eileen and Olaf will combine a study of the works of some of the masters of photography with Eastern philosophy to inspire you to explore a new visual style.


  • This workshop answers the question, ‘how do I develop as a photographic artist?’
  • During the week we will cover…
  • The idea of seeking artistry through evaluating the works of the masters is thousands of years old. We will tap into the intriguing Japanese practice of Shu Ha Ri which embodies the principles of study, assimilation and innovation.
  • Shu (study) involves slowing down to gain an in depth understanding of a masters work and internalising that style of shooting.
  • Ha (assimilation) switches the emphasis to back to your own work. We reflect on how these new approaches to seeing can benefit your personal style.
  • Ri (innovation) is where we no longer need the master. The foundation of the first stages breeds the self confidence to shoot in refreshing new ways and opens new doors to your creativity.


  • The disciplined deep study of a master and this Eastern philosophy will elevate your work to new heights.
  • You will leave this workshop inspired and find your personal work enhanced.
  • This workshop is intended for those who have a working knowledge of their camera and want to expand their creative and artistic skills.

Sponsored by Leica. Complimentary access to Leica cameras & lenses. 


Eileen Muldoon and Olaf Willoughby


Eileen McCarney Muldoon

Eileen is a fine arts photographer living and working in Jamestown, RI.  Her photographic style has been described as painterly, but she prefers to attribute her style to the gift that photography has given her to see the world with the eyes of an artist.  She uses natural light as a means to express emotion.

Cartier–Bresson knew when he captured the “decisive moment” in his street photography.  Eileen too, has expressed the joy of capturing that moment, but in a very different manner.  Her “decisive moment” is when she feels she loses herself to her subject & knows there is a complete union.  She believes that her finest images all share that moment.

When Eileen is not working on her art, she is teaching photography at local, regional and international workshops.   Her work has been exhibited at Newport Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, Mystic Arts Center and numerous galleries throughout New England and New York.  Additionally, Eileen has had two books published and is currently working on her third.


Olaf Willoughby

Olaf is a photographer, writer and researcher living in London, UK.         He believes good art leaves space for the viewer to engage with the work and tries to achieve this through visual storytelling. His stories involve everything from advocacy to collaboration with other artists. From compositing images to combining abstracts with haiku poetry. 

Olaf has a life long fascination with creativity. Exploring new and different ways in which we can take our work as artists to new levels. As Robert Frost said, “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader’.

His work has been; featured in UK fine art and photo magazines, exhibited in UK, US and European venues and endorsed by The World Wildlife Fund who distributed 5,000 ebook copies of Olafs’ book, ‘Antarctica, A Sense of Place’ to help raise money for environmental causes.

His interest in storytelling also extends beyond photography. He has spoken on the art of using storytelling to improve business communications on various platforms in London, Basel, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Athens and Chicago.



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