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 28, 2018
Length of the course: 6 weeks
Facebook Discussion Group:
Though participation is not required, many people find being able to connect and share with others is one of the most beneficial components of this course. We strongly encourage participants to share weekly assignments and to offer feedback and support to one another. This session of Exploring Grief Through Photography will pilot using Facebook Groups as the forum for class discussion. This means if you would like to share photos, comment, and connect – you must have an account on Facebook. The discussion group will be ‘secret’ which means no one outside of the group can see that you are a member or view your posts.
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. See above re: Facebook Discussion Group.
We recommend participants plan to spend 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 an 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 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?
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’. Conversation on the class’s secret Facebook Group will be ongoing, but at the end of the week, we do ask participants to 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.
|Week One: Photographing Symbols|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Start Here||00:00:00|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Navigating The E-classroom||00:00:00|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Week 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|
|Week One Assignment||00:00:00|
|Week Two: Photographing Emotion|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Week Two||00:00:00|
|Landscape and Atmosphere||00:00:00|
|Week Two Assignment||00:00:00|
|Week Three: Self-Portraits|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Week Three||00:00:00|
|Self-Portraits as an External Expression of Internal Emotions||00:00:00|
|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|
|I still don’t feel comfortable with my self-timer||00:00:00|
|Perspective, Lighting, Color, Angles, and Movement||00:00:00|
|Week Three Assignment||00:00:00|
|Week Four: Memories|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Week 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|
|Week Four Assignments||00:00:00|
|Week Five: Symbols of Hope, Gratitude, & Strength|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Week 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|
|Week Five Assignment||00:00:00|
|Week Six: Telling Your Story|
|Exploring Grief Through Photography: Week Six||00:00:00|
|Shooting Something Up Close||00:00:00|
|Reflections and Shooting Through Something Else||00:00:00|
|Week Six Assignment||00:00:00|
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