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A Whole New World | My Aladdin Experience at the Chrismax Workshop | Person Ramblings

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Here are a few of my favorites from the Chrismax Workshop I attended earlier this month!

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So… I went to this life changing workshop earlier this month with some of the most talented and kind hearted photographers I’ve ever met. They embody brilliance and creativity in a way I’ve never seen before. The Chrisman’s are widely known in our industry for being freethinkers and incredible teachers.

A group of 30 or so of us spent 3 solid days.. from 8am to 8pm learning, experimenting, and perfecting our craft. There were tears… sooo many tears… of laughter, of pure joy, of realization, of appreciation, and at the very end– tears of sadness… b/c our incredible experience was ending… and the thought of parting with all of the incredible people we met that week was bitter sweet. So grateful that we all met… but so, so sad to say goodbye.

I was so incredibly rocked that I, 3 weeks later, can still barely make complete sentences…. Mind Explosions. Creativity to a new level. Useful information. Introduced to new techniques. Introduced to a new way of seeing life unfold. Improving my work. Improving myself as a person. Meaningful conversations. Lifelong friendships. A Swift kick in the pants… to make you realize what you’ve been missing around you. Feeling like we’re a part of something big. Creating meaning in what we do. Creating meaning in how we feel. Creating an image that reflects that. How to be a better photographer. How to be a better person. How to be a better friend. Why caring is important. Being present. Cutting out the bullshit. How to prioritize the things that truly matter in life. Seeing light in a way that can tell a story. Seeing a story unfold in every possible instance. Making a mental note of how much we can appreciate life. Creating a longing in my heart to encapsulate those memories and the relationships that revolve around them.

Although this was a photography course– I took so much more from it… than probably most did. Mainly b/c I was already in a transition period of self reflection and this course, this information, these people– were exactly what I needed. As much as there were plenty of opportunities to shoot… I tried to be in the moment and appreciate my surroundings. I wanted to absorb as much as I could… and even though shooting and learning from experience is very helpful… I made sure that the images I did take– were very decisive… and that it captured my experience of what was going on… and what it was like to be there. These aren’t so much “portfolio” pieces but more documentary.

2TPHOTO_ChrisMAX2015_1SI love this image because– this is how I sometimes see the world. A little upside down. A little distorted. And sometimes when I’m being neurotic, I zero in on details and everything else fades away. This reminds me to stop stressing over things that don’t matter and to be more aware that we often distort reality to reflect our insecurities. Being focused is great– but it’s always a good reminder to step back and take it all in. Remembering that there is a bigger picture and that there are more important things in life can make all the difference in the world
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