Introducing the Through and From The Lens Program
Sheila Finkelstein shares a love of Nature and shows you how to discover more about yourself while having fun.
By taking this course you get to fully experience your own power and creativity. As you observe what catches your eye and reflect on what’s most intriguing to you and others in the course, you will get a new understanding of yourself and others close to you.
You will experience Enhanced Communication - Creativity - Relationships - Perspectives
In Through and From The Lens you will: Achieve Focus and Connect with what’s important to you; experience more freedom in making decisions.
"In Through and From The Lens, not only did I find an alternative to the State of Funk, a whole new world opened up for me. The biggest effect is that I see ‘ordinary’ things in a heightened way. It lightens my day to perceive myself and the world from a never-ending fountain of fresh perspectives.
I use the camera for being more at peace with myself and my world. When I use the camera I feel like I’m in charge and sometimes in life you’re not.. The camera helps me realize that a lot of the time what might be bothering me is the way I am looking at it."
Marifran Korb, MarifranKorb.com
Blaise Allen, Ph.D. Poet, Photographer
“I had the remarkable experience of being in a class with Sheila. I was feeling as though I didn’t have time for something as ‘frivolous’ as photography… a luxurious use of time. Was I ever surprised… How energizing the class was! My creativity seemed to expand in all phases of my business! I found myself looking at everything in my life with new eyes.”
"Sheila’s gentle teaching opened up my inner eye in a way it had never been before. I rarely (if ever) gave myself the gift of simply looking for its own sake at the simple details of my daily family life.”
Julie continued that she started taking photos of her young son in his darkened room while he slept. They became ”precious records of a rare resting and vulnerable state.” The mantra ‘take your camera for a walk’ resulted in her son delighting in going along, “picking flowers and taking over the camera at times…
These priceless moments are the true gift of the class. The striking, authentic photographs are simply a by-product.
Julie Gabrielli, GoForChange.com
In this course, you will create new openings in your life as you discover and photograph things you’ve never before noticed.
You will likely be surprised and delighted as you explore:
Art Elements – Color, Texture, Line, Shape and Space as seen through the camera lens as well as in life.
Technical Skills – to increase your expertise as a photographer so you can be really proud of your creations, and
Class Discussion that opens and expands a variety of perspectives, as does communicating with family and friends between sessions.
How this Course is Delivered:
The Through and From The Lens [TFTL] course takes place in 8 one-hour sessions over 8 weeks using the Zoom Video Conference Program on your computer, iPad or Android tablet, or your iPhone or other Smartphone.
Each week a different Art Element is explored using your eyes and camera. During the week you will photograph and post one or more relevant photos, plus others if you choose, in a private Facebook group.
(If you have a concern about using Facebook, email me. Contact info at the bottom of the page.)
In the class sessions we will:
You will also learn how to take photographs you are proud to share on the walls of your home and/or office, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or on your Blog. AND most importantly you will learn to:
See Both Your Inner and Outer Worlds with New Eyes.
I first began using the camera when I taught art in public schools, mainly to document events and student work. Ultimately the camera became my best friend, at times my savior.
Several years after my teaching career was ended, Sam, who had become afflicted with Parkinson's Disease, and I relocated. Our new home was very close to Wetlands preserves. Taking daily walks with my camera, I discovered the healing powers of Nature, particularly in relation to what was going on with Sam and his illness. I purchased an inexpensive digital camera and my picture-taking accelerated and broadened. I started taking thousands of photos of whatever attracted my attention.
Seeing the results and then getting acknowledged by others for them, began a whole new expansion of my self-image. It also freed me up to move in new directions, expand my computer and Internet knowledge, establish a web presence and sell my work.
The joy in what I was seeing, learning and experiencing became something I wanted others to have also. The teaching gene was still there. I started sharing in ezines and on the web. As more was demanded, I developed courses where the camera became the tool for people learning to see beyond what they took for granted. Most of my readers and students started paying attention to what they had never even noticed before.
Taking the pictures of “eye-catchers” became a tool for almost instant transformation in situations of stuckness, frustration, anger and more. Once the photos were downloaded into the computer, I often watched them in slide shows. Here, too, I experienced almost instant relief from stress and anger.
Watching the transitioning photos was almost as healing as being out in nature. Realizing this led to my setting up a YouTube channel so others could also experience these benefits from short videos I started making.
After Sam died, the camera ultimately became my companion, my best friend, always with me. It became even closer to me after I got my iPhone. It provides instant access to “Getting out of a Funk.” Five “eye-catchers” will do it.
"Eye-catchers” for me are often “faces” in trees, rocks, reflections, even switch-plate covers on the walls in my home, bubbles in a sink, shadows on the floor or ceiling. A shift in focus always occurs. The thoughts that batter around in my head disappear to make space for clarity and new or re-framed ideas.
Thus the camera has become a connector to myself as well as with other people as I encounter them. We walk, talk and share.
My passion for seeing, creating and supporting others in doing the same while expanding their visual and sensory worlds has resulted in several iterations, including name changes, over the past 10 years of the Through and From The Lens interactive program. It was originally named the “Photo/Creativity” telecourse. It thrills me now to read some of the transformational experiences of several past participants, as shared here, above and below my story.
Now to Your Story
If you were to start seeing the world and yourself with “New Eyes”, what might be possible?
“I got a sense of play. I freed myself from rules and the limiting belief that I sucked at photography. Yet I posted pictures that had 40 something comments on Facebook… Through the assigned “play dates” with my camera I discovered things that even surprised me… It gave me a sense of accomplishment and confidence that I can take pictures. Now I actually think about things like composition, which is hysterical for me.”
Adela Rubio, AdelaRubio.com
I am more creative now and see more options in my personal and business life I never noticed before!
I learned how to easily Relax and Energize myself and sometimes transform my entire day! Doing your very easy and fun exercise, and sharing with other participants, ended up bringing more joy and ease into my daily life! Thank you SO very much!”
“As an artist, I’ve been in love with my camera for years. Yet in taking Sheila’s class I experienced a breakthrough. I started taking 20-minute jaunts with my camera, on breaks between appointments.
This quick plunge into looking and seeing is exhilarating, makes me feel more alive and joyful in minutes. I now take my camera with me everywhere for impromptu infusions of energy and inspiration.
Sheila also challenged me to expand my habits of seeing with her creative assignments. I realized I’d fallen into ruts of the familiar. Her class had me engage with the world more intimately and with constant curiosity. Using my camera is the quickest way I know of stepping out of my everyday consciousness into the freshness of the here and now.”
Tomar Levine, YourTimeToBloom.com
“Your class was one of the beautiful things I did for myself last year. I still brighten up to think of getting my camera out. Now when I’m stuck or need a change of pace, I take a photography break. It’s amazing how much playing with colors and shapes and new ways of looking at the world energizes me. Sheila also gave me a lot more confidence about my photography and made it easy to learn how to share it.”
Minimal technical “knowledge” or expertise is required. The connections with what’s important to you occur as you look through your viewfinder and focus on your subject.
In addition to an expanded view of your world as a result of this program, with a few camera pointers, as well as basic design tips, you will be creating memorable photos.
You will have the freedom to also take countless pictures and see how they relate to your life and way of being.
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