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Workshop: Expanding Our Lens: Photography

February 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Expanding Our Lens: Photography – A Self-Exploration Process

Photography – A Self-Exploration Process

We are living in a digital era. The social media became a powerful channel of communication. Today everybody has a cell phone, and everyone can take pictures. However, not everyone is a photographer; to be a photographer requires a training eye, technique, and sensibility. Most of all, each picture we take reveals who we are and how we look at the world.

For this 3-week photography workshop, we will use cell phones as our instrument to understand ourselves and to increase our skills.


  • to understand how the language of photography and the art elements impact our perceptions in life
  • photography helps us to expand our perspectives and to create new possibilities in life as we look at the world through a different lens
  • the act of taking pictures deepens our observation and perception
  • the pictures we take help us to understand our personal dynamics, relationships, and our responses or reactions to different life situations

This workshop is targeted towards those who wish to:

  • increase your photographic skills
  • understand and explore different angles in observing and perceiving a situation in life
  • challenge oneself in reflecting about personal dynamics and how it impacts someone’s life and relationships
  • deepen critical thinking

Attendees can expect to:

  • learn concepts of photography
  • explore the relationship between the photos we take and who we are
  • deepen and to expand our capacity to observe while being in the moment
  • capture some photographs and to review the images
  • explore the possibilities that cell phones offer in order to increase the quality of the photos

Note: Attendees will need a camera; a smartphone with camera is appropriate.

Marise Zimmermann, ATR-BC is an artist-photographer and an art therapist. She graduated in art therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. She has extensive experience in art therapy, and she was the supervisor of the Expressive Arts Therapy Department at the John Muir Behavioral Health Center for 13 years.

She has exhibited her artwork in the US, Brazil, and Mexico. Her photograph “Shadows” was the picture of the week at National Geographic Your Shot on the week of April 12, 2019.

Her work focuses on developing new ways to look at ourselves and in creating new possibilities, strategies, and perspectives in order to reframe our internal dialogue and to empower ourselves.


February 26
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Downtown Walnut Creek / Victory Workspace
1261 Locust Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 United States
925 818 8062


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