A visit to Rome can be an overwhelming experience. What do you see?
Rome is an open museum with over 2000 years of history. Trying to see everything can feel like a race against the clock. You literally can't.
Even though I was raised here and lived most of my life here, I still find new things to discover each time I take my photography walks.
I often see visitors spend seconds or minutes looking at a work of art or a monument and then move on to whatever is next on the agenda.
What happens instead if you spend fifteen minutes, an hour or an afternoon seeing (not just looking) and photographing an artwork in detail?
Because if you want to get to know a work of art (or any subject matter), you need to spend time with it/ or them.
Slow photography is about you and the artwork (person, or any subject matter), allowing yourself time to make your discoveries and connect with them.
As a result, your photographs will be both emotional and beautiful versus what I call "pretty but empty images."
If you want to discover Rome (by a Roman) and improve your photography, you can join me next Spring for this 7 day Slow Photography Retreat in Rome.
Mindful photography is taking the process of slowing down to focus on
the now and putting that into practice with your photography.
Taking photos mindfully is less about taking the perfect picture to be shown off and praised and more about taking authentic images, being fully present in the moment, and just plain enjoying the process of photography.
In many ways, mindful photography and slow photography go hand-in-hand.
They both are meant to have the photographer slow down and think of their process to maximize their experience; but where slow photography is more about slowing down to focus on quality over quantity, mindful photography is meant to be an experience of being present in the moment and documenting that experience.
Arriving in Rome on Saturday Rochelle will be waiting to welcome you at our home for the week in central Rome with a glass of Prosecco or strong espresso, depending on what you need!
Enjoy time to settle in, relax and recover from the journey. Rochelle will enjoy having a conversation with you about your photography journey and your hopes and expectations for the retreat.
If you have time in the afternoon, take a stroll in the neighbourhood to get acquainted with your surrounding s before we enjoy our first dinner together at home prepared by our private chef.