Workshop

When:  June 29, 2024, Saturday 9 am- 4 pm

Location:  Angela’s Studio

2197 Nonaville Rd
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
This is a PPA continuing education merit class and requires registration.
Cost:  $49
this is nonrefundable
Please bring your camera, computer and a lunch (or plan to order ubereats).
The Art and Practice of Abstract Photography
What is abstract photography, and why might photographers want to make abstract images?  We’ll answer these questions and explore and practice several ways of making abstract images including realistic abstracts, cropping, intentional camera movement and digital manipulation. After practice in making different types of abstract images, participants will be invited to share and discuss images they have created.

Susan Ruach is a spiritual seeker, a wife, mother, grandmother and friend who loves to travel. She spent forty-three years working as a minister, mostly in administration, creating programs and working in spiritual formation as a way to continue seeking and to share her learnings with others. She began her photography journey more than 30 years ago as a way to share the beauty she saw on her travels around the world. Now, she sees herself as a lens-based artist (“All of my art starts through the lens of a camera.”)  whose photographic art focuses on abstract, macro and nature images as a way to invite the viewer to deeper reflection.

Susan says, “If I’m not creating, my soul dries up.  A friend once emailed me a stunning image of mountains and a lake.  When I saw it, my whole body relaxed. Some images have the power to change us:  to reduce stress, to inspire us, to teach us, to energize us, to heal us, to be a “thin place” in the Celtic sense and to reconnect us to our souls.“

Photography is currently her best and favorite way of creating, and her favorite images are abstracts.  She believes abstract photography (and abstract art in general) can surprise people and invite them to think and feel differently, to move us to a different place, by bypassing some of the barriers we put up to being in touch with our deepest selves. She makes images to call us to break through the numbness and distraction that our fast-paced, care-less culture often cultivates.

Her art is about inviting herself and others to pause, to breathe, to go beneath the surface, to feel and think more deeply, to wander inside our own souls, to reconnect with our creative energy and to touch the Mystery.