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I'm really proud and excited to be teaching a photography workshop at the the renowned Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY this summer. It's a 5 day course where students learn the art and craft of photography, and also get a chance to show their work as part of the Omega Arts Week program.

Omega has a beautiful campus and the workshop includes lodging and amazing food. If you're curious or interested, contact me for more info, or check out the Omega website for more details.

Recently they asked me to answer a few questions about art, and I answered them with the first thoughts that came into my head. It was a fun exercise, and I thought I'd share the answers with you here.


What does art or creativity mean to you?

Freedom to express my innermost feelings, desires, and love for life. Also the opportunity to share that in a way that inspires others to a greater awareness of beauty, nature, and the precious gift of every noment in our short lives.

How important is art in our lives?

To me it is the most important aspect of being human. The realization that we are all creative and have the ability to express ourselves is what makes us unique individuals.

How do you celebrate art in your own life?

I try to absorb as much art as I can from countless others who have traveled the creative journey in their lives. I find I get inspired and motivated to give more, share more, and help others do the same.

Do you have any favorite quotes about art or creativity you would like to share?

“My future starts when I wake up every morning…everyday I find something creative to do with my life.” – Miles Davis

What is the connection between art and metamorphosis?

Art allows you to challenge preconcieved ideas, discover new ways of thinking about what matters to you, and from that approach self made limits with more confidence. This is how we grow, adapt, change, and ultimately reach towards a higher potential that seems to stay out of reach. And we should want it to stay out of reach – it means we need to keep reinventing ourselves to get closer. That is metamorphisis.

Thanks for reading! Care to share what art mean to you? Leave your first reactions in the comments below!

 

RR Jr

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