Your grief story is one of kind. It’s unique to you, your relationship with the person who has died, how you learn to live with your grief, and how you carry your loved one with you into the future.  This course is specifically designed to help you tell your grief story by focusing on you, your deceased loved ones, and the ways in which you continue to honor, love and remember them.

General concepts covered in this course will include: How to explore, express, and communicate your emotions and experiences using photography; Ideas and inspiration for photographing grief; Photography tools and tips.

Date: The next section of this course will begin on May 15th, 2017

Length of the course: 6 weeks

Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in using photography as a creative outlet for coping with grief. All skill levels are welcome.

Technology and Time Commitment:

Participants should have access to a computer with Internet connection and camera of any kind. A digital camera with manual settings will allow you more flexibility, however you can create some pretty great images with a smartphone or point and shoot camera.

We recommend participants plan to spend between 2-4 hours a week on this course, although participants are free to participate as much or as little as they like.


More about this course…

Is photography really considered “coping”?

Yes, absolutely. Coping comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be big – like taking the initiative to see a therapist – and it can be small –  like exercising for 30 minutes a day or journaling for 10 minutes every night.  We love photography as a grief coping tool because it’s a versatile medium that can be healing in many different ways. Consider the following:

  • Photography provides a respite from grief.
  • Photography can be used to explore and express emotion.
  • Photographing symbols and reminders of deceased loved ones can help maintain closeness.
  • Photography keeps memories alive.
  • Photography can capture symbols of hope and strength.

What kind of camera do I need?

All you need is a camera, it doesn’t matter what kind. A digital camera with manual settings will allow for more flexibility, however you can create some pretty great images with a smartphone and apps like VSCOcam, Instagram, and a handful of others. For those of you who aren’t quite ready to take the digital camera/Photoshop plunge, we’ll introduce a few apps and programs that can help create images and won’t break the bank.

What does the course cover?

This course will guide you in using photography as a medium for exploring and expressing grief. Each week you will be challenged to focus your camera in a new direction related to your loved one and your life after loss. Although the emphasis is not on technical instruction, there will be opportunity to receive feedback and/or instruction.

Who are the course instructors?

The course instructors are Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams, founders of What’s Your Grief, PhotoGrief, and Grief in Six Words.  Both Litsa and Eleanor have experience with photography and have written expensively on the topic of using photography to explore grief. If you want to get a feel for their work please check out PhotoGrief, What’s Your Grief on Instagram, or Eleanor Haley’s ‘Mother Daughter Life’

How does this course work?

The course will take place on the WYG School (here) over the course of 6 weeks.  Each week a new set of lessons will be made available as well as an ‘assignment’.  As soon as the lesson goes out, conversation will open up on the class forum around that week’s lessons and assignment.  At the end of the week, participants can post their work from the week and provide feedback to other participants.

Of note: All assignments are optional. Students are encouraged to participate as much or as little as they like.

 

Course Curriculum

Week One: Photographing Symbols
Week Two: Photographing Emotion
Week Three: Self-Portraits
Week Four: Memories
Week Five: Symbols of Hope, Gratitude, & Strength
Week Six: Telling Your Story

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