Contemplative Photography

Taught by HZC Member Christian Bumpous, 6 Saturdays, January 7 - February 11, 9:30-11:30a

This workshop-style class is designed to develop our ability to see beyond our database of previous experience. Using the medium of photography, the course will include visual exercises, image sharing, and discussion. Through our new eyes, we will discover the deep, subtle beauty and elegance that is naturally manifesting in daily life. Everybody who would like to learn how to take the meditation practice "off the cushion" is invited to attend. No previous photography experience is needed. This course is not a technical photography class but rather uses the act of photography as a means to deepen our mindfulness practice. The class will culminate in an exhibition at the center featuring photographs taken during the class. 

Participants are required to bring their own camera. A camera using an SD card for storage is preferred for the sake of transferring pictures, but a cell phone camera will do as well.

Christian Bumpous is currently a graduate student of psychology and works as an admissions counselor at a residential treatment center for people with mental illness. In his spare time, he enjoys freelance work as a portrait and wedding photographer.

The class is $75 for members, $100 for general public, plus $30 per person for processing and mounting the photographs. Scholarships are also available. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Email secretary@houstonzen.org to request a scholarship.