ENGAGE THE LIGHT [REFRAMED]

Asynchronous Online Expressive Photography Workshop & Community

“The pursuit of photography is also a pursuit of will, of making us masters of ourselves so that under any conditions, including sickness and fatigue, and under the fall of rain, snow, earthquake, or sunshine, we can wield our instruments with the delicate lightning of a samurai.” (Robert Leverant)

Engage the Light was originally created as a series of in-person expressive photography workshops for military veterans and underserved communities in the Lubbock, Texas, area. The first 6-week workshop was held in January 2014. Weekly photo walks and occasional hiking expeditions began in March 2014 and continued through 2016. In light of current events, I am restarting and reframing ETL to adapt to an online environment where all who wish to participate may do so at their own pace and from their respective locations around the world. The intent is to create unity and togetherness in a time of overwhelming division and isolation. The methodology has changed, but the mission has not. Engage the Light endeavors to reframe perspectives and work toward the healing of individual and collective traumas through community and creative expression. Our tool of choice is the camera.

“I picked up a camera because it was my choice of weapons against what I hated most about the universe: racism, intolerance, poverty. I could have just as easily picked up a knife or a gun...but I chose not to go that way. I felt that I could somehow subdue these evils by doing something beautiful that people recognize me by, and thus make a whole different life for myself, which has proved to be so." (Gordon Parks, A Choice of Weapons)

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