Tag: Photography

Seaside: Solo Photography Exhibition

Seaside: Solo Photography Exhibition

Susan Meyer’s solo photography exhibition, Seaside, runs from June 28-July 28, 2022 at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library’s second floor gallery. The exhibition is part of Saratoga Arts’ Art in Public Places program.

Artist Statement

We sit together, the ocean and me, until only the ocean remains. -Li Po

Spending time seaside, where ocean and land embrace, enhances my well-being and the energy I have available to give to the world. The ocean has been a steadfast refuge for me in times of trouble and sorrow and is a metaphor I draw upon frequently in my work as a mindfulness meditation teacher.

During seasons of bereavement, waves of grief arose without warning and knocked me off-balance like strong ocean waves. I began visiting the ocean as much as possible, to receive the wisdom of the waves and the sea and to be held by the ocean landscape, which was immense enough to absorb whatever I brought to it.

The more time I spent by the sea, the more I noticed. Certain images stopped me in my tracks, filled me with awe and wonder, and left me befuddled as to why I hadn’t noticed before what suddenly had become so apparent. I experience the more-than-human world as a mirror that offers insight into our own nature and reveals to us what is relevant and insightful to our human journey, when we are ready to receive it. The images that captivate our attention are part of a greater story, language, pattern, or blueprint that connects us all. Touching such images with presence invites them to speak to us, expand our hearts, and awaken greater understanding.

With mindful awareness, we can hold it all, like the ocean holds the waves and experience ourselves as far greater than any wave or storm that comes along. We are invited to dive below the turbulent surface and connect with deep tranquility and spaciousness that serves as a home base from which we can resource our life. Through practice, we can learn to identify with the ocean instead of the waves that come and go. Identified with the vast ocean, we won’t fear the waves.

iPhone Photography

iPhone Photography

Take your phone photography up a notch through this three-part program that will help you to understand the ins and outs of your iPhone camera. You will be guided through the basics as well as numerous tips and tricks, to make interesting photos that stand out. Topics will include: iPhone tools and settings, lighting, composition, exposure, lens selection, in-camera post-processing, and more.

This program will take place June 4, 11, & 18 at Schuylerville Public Library and Hudson Crossing Park.

To participate, please register through the library. (If registration isn’t open yet, check back.)

iPhone Photography

iPhone Photography

Take your phone photography up a notch through this three-part program that will help you to understand the ins and outs of your iPhone camera. You will be guided through the basics as well as numerous tips and tricks, to make interesting photos that stand out. Topics will include: iPhone tools and settings, lighting, composition, exposure, lens selection, in-camera post-processing, and more.

This program will take place June 4, 11, & 18 at Schuylerville Public Library and Hudson Crossing Park.

To participate, please register through the library. (If registration isn’t open yet, check back.)

iPhone Photography

iPhone Photography

Take your phone photography up a notch through this three-part program that will help you to understand the ins and outs of your iPhone camera. You will be guided through the basics as well as numerous tips and tricks, to make interesting photos that stand out. Topics will include: iPhone tools and settings, lighting, composition, exposure, lens selection, in-camera post-processing, and more.

This program will take place June 4, 11, & 18 at Schuylerville Public Library and Hudson Crossing Park.

To participate, please register through the library. (If registration isn’t open yet, check back.)

Photographing the Trees of Congress Park

Photographing the Trees of Congress Park

Congress Park is home to a visually diverse collection of tree species. Join nature photographer and meditation teacher, Susan Meyer, for a nature photography walk through Congress Park focused on trees. This is not a tree identification walk; it is an invitation to become fascinated and connected, visually, artistically and emotionally, with the trees throughout the park and to photograph them in a variety of ways. 

Spots in this program are limited and advance registration is required.

Susan will offer tips and guide you to take a closer look and photograph what you find interesting about particular trees, as individual entities or interrelated elements of a landscape. You will be coached to consider lighting, perspective, composition, and camera settings, and encouraged to zoom in and out with your camera lens and/or your feet, to take in both the totality and the details of a tree.

Slow down, lean in, and let go of what you have learned about trees so you can relate to them from the fresh slate of beginner’s mind. Expect to walk away with compelling images and new ways of looking at and connecting with trees.

We will meet in person at the Congress Park Carousel, 32 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, NY, and begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. In the event of rain, this program will be rescheduled to Saturday, April 23, at 8:30 am.

This program is inspired by our SaratogaREADS! book selection, The Overstory, by Richard Powers.

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