Introduction to Contemplative Photography (Online)

17th October

10:30-4:00 (via Zoom)


“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. ”  Henry David Thoreau

Contemplative photography invites us to a different way of seeing, seeing with the “eyes of the heart.” The practice involves stilling our bodies, quieting our minds and being attentive to that which draws our eyes.

As a Christian spiritual practice, we receive images as sacred gift and spend time reflecting on what they might reveal to us of life and faith.

“The outer landscape becomes a metaphor for the unknown inner landscape. ”  

John Muir

After a short introduction to the art of contemplative photography, you will have the opportunity to try two or three different contemplative practices. There will be time after each to reflect individually and to share with others. 

What you will need 

For this retreat you will need a camera. Any kind will suffice – smart phone, compact, DSLR. We will not be learning photography techniques, so you will need to know the basics of your camera and how to view images on it. If possible, you will engage in the practices outdoors. However, it is possible to do them indoors.

“The ‘eyes of the heart’ are eyes that see differently than when we approach things from the mind. ”  Christine Valters Paintner

This retreat will take place on Zoom You will be sent joining instructions a few days before the retreat. At the start of the retreat, we will go over any Zoom features we will be using. You do not need a Zoom account.


Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen is a member of the Bield Pastoral Team and a keen photographer. She enjoys contemplative photography as a way of slowing down and paying attention - to the world around her, to God to herself. She is continually amazed at what emerges – and the rich insight, wonder, beauty, and joy she experiences through this practice.