Welcome to Exploring Grief Through Photography
Below you will find information about this e-course including who it’s for, how it works, and our philosophy behind using photography to explore and express grief. Before reading any further, though, we encourage you to start with this brief introductory video answering some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about this course.
More about this course…
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.
Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in using photography as a creative outlet for coping with grief. All skill levels are welcome.
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.
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.
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 extensively on the topic of using photography to explore grief. They are mental health professionals who collectively have nearly twenty years of experience working in grief and loss. 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?
This course is self-guided which means it is up to the participant to “guide” themselves through. You decide when to log on, when to read lessons, and when to complete assignments. Participants are free to move from lesson to lesson at their own discretion and will have access to the course for a year after registration.
|Section One: Photographing Symbols|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Start Here||00:00:00|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Orientation||00:00:00|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Section One||00:00:00|
|Example One: Photographing Reminders||00:00:00|
|Example Two: Photographing Signs||00:00:00|
|Example Three: Photographing markers and memorials||00:00:00|
|Example Four: Photographing Your Continued Bond||00:00:00|
|Example Five: Photographing Their Legacy||00:00:00|
|How To: Symbols as the central element||00:00:00|
|How-to: Your symbol as a recurring theme||00:00:00|
|Section One Assignment||00:00:00|
|Section Two: Photographing Emotion|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Section Two||00:00:00|
|Landscape and Atmosphere||00:00:00|
|Section Two Assignment||00:00:00|
|Section Three: Self-Portraits|
|Self-Portraits as a Physical Release||00:00:00|
|Self-Portraits as a Tool for Capturing Evolution and Transformation||00:00:00|
|Self-Portraits as Tool for Connection and Continuing Bonds||00:00:00|
|Selfies as Self-Portraits||00:00:00|
|Perspective, Lighting, Color, Angles, and Movement||00:00:00|
|Section Three Assignment||00:00:00|
|Section Four: Memories|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Section Four||00:00:00|
|Past Memories In The Present: Dear Photograph||00:00:00|
|Past Memories In The Present: Old Photographs as Art||00:00:00|
|Past Memories In The Present: Old Photos Within New Photos||00:00:00|
|New Photographs: Return To A Place||00:00:00|
|New Photographs: Objects As Memories||00:00:00|
|A Note On Composition||00:00:00|
|Telling a Story With a Photo Essay||00:00:00|
|Section Four Assignments||00:00:00|
|Section Five: Symbols of Hope, Gratitude, and Strength|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Section Five||00:00:00|
|Disposition, Stress-Level and Mood||00:00:00|
|Chasing The Light||00:00:00|
|Words and Quotes||00:00:00|
|Things that make you smile||00:00:00|
|Symbols of hope, strength, and peace||00:00:00|
|Section Five Assignment||00:00:00|
|Section Six: Telling Your Story|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Section Six||00:00:00|
|Shooting Something Up Close||00:00:00|
|Reflections and Shooting Through Something Else||00:00:00|
|Section Six Assignment||00:00:00|