A portrait is a reflection of the self

A portrait is a reflection of the self

One of the training participants is Lars Neumann. Lars is a photographer and he works on personality in the portrait. Below I shared the link to some of his works: https://www.mylightphoto.de/mylightgallery/. Lars noticed that taking someone’s portrait is not only about photography and art but also the interpersonal development for both, the photographer and the person being photographed. Being a coach, I can add that the portrait and especially, a self-portrait is a very powerful technique in Photography in Coaching. It is especially useful in working on one’s values, identity and vision of the future. In my book I wrote that: “The portrait is an age-old topic of discussion. We’ve all had our portrait taken, in one way or another. Kings, queens, aristocrats and celebrities have all had their portrait done, like a painting or a photograph. To have one’s portrait taken often presupposes that it will be charismatic, representing a paragon or idealized vision of oneself. A person settled in their environment, within their role of wife, mother, artist, soldier or dancer. This is where I’d like to propose a different perspective on portraiture. In other words, a portrait that is a reflection of the self and helps a person understand him or herself. A portrait as a medium that allows us to look at ourselves through someone else’s eyes.” – “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing and education, Notes from a personal journey.” (Kindle edition, Amazon.com).

More about photography in coaching here …

A portrait is a reflection of the self

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Taking part in photography raises curiosity and openness.

Taking part in photography raises curiosity and openness.

“The children were open and curious, taking an active part in my photography.” – this sentence, as well as a short article which I’m sharing with you today is an example of how photography can engage children (and adults), activate them, bring back joy and other positive emotions, and as a result, supports healing. From the photos in this article, you can clearly see an exceptional quality of the relationship between the children and the photographer (or a coach or another type of a specialist who uses photography in their work with people). The project was done in Brasov, Romania in a big hospital for children with TB by TOBIAS Tobias Hofsäss, a photographer based in Brussels. Tobias decided to join this course “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in Coaching and Personal Development” and I’m really honoured that I can show this work here to you.
Have a wonderful week, Do Raniszewska

Link to Tobias Hofsass page:
http://www.tobiashofsaess.com/work/childhood-tb/

Below a screenshot from his website:

Taking part in photography raises curiosity and openness.

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I can’t put it in the right words but I took a few pictures…

Imagine a client comes to you and sais: I can’t put it in the right words but since you use photography in coaching, I took a few pictures after our last session to show how I progressed. I’m sure you will understand. This happened to me yesterday! ☺️ I was very impressed by what she showed to me. And I decided to write about it because it can be inspiring to you. At the end of our session three weeks ago, I suggested to my client to start observing time. Her life challenge is to be able to pause, to stop feeling constantly on a hurry. Yesterday, she came to the session and first, she opened her coaching diary (I usually ask my clients to have a coaching diary during the process). I saw several photos inside, that represented plants and bread. What is on these photos? – I asked. By the way, this is an example of a good coaching question about a client’s photo. “I planted flowers at home and baked bread.” “What was important in it for you?” – I asked another question. “I always dreamed about having flowers at home but never had time for it. The same about the bread. – there was a time, I used to make my own bread but with time, I forgot about it. In the last weeks, I observed flowers and took the time to bake my own bread.” “How do you feel about it now?” – I asked again. “I have satisfaction. And I feel joy and calm.” I hope you will find it useful and inspiring about using photos in coaching! Do Raniszewska

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The image is an essential element of how we experience the world.

The image is an essential element of how we experience the world.

Hello😀! It is Sunday morning in Warsaw where I am now. Let’s open this day with a beautiful quote from Aaron Siskind, an American photographer who said: “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

I have to tell you – it is a very true sentence! I often witness how photos remind us, and my clients about things we forgot, but once we see them right in front of our eyes, memories come back! And we can return to our most important moments.

And how about you – do you keep photos you made time ago? If yes, why keeping photos is important to you? 

Do Raniszewska

The image is an essential element of how we experience the world.

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people are like trees, You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

In October I am on a morning walk in the park every day. I take pictures of trees. The tree gives a sense of rest and security. It inspires me. It symbolizes life, strength, persistence and family. And the silhouettes of trees are like people. They express emotions. This leaning ‘feels’ differently than the soaring, which reaches the sky. Old massive oak raises other sensations and snow-white, slender birch the other. You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees. Man is like a tree, ingrown to the ground and crowned towards the sky. The more grounded it is, the higher it grows. I need roots – values to make the right decisions. I need a trunk – a fracture proof spine. And the entire network of relationships – the branches by which it exists. We are a combination of everything we receive from others and give to others.

people are like trees, You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

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A unique book on using photos in coaching

Books are a uniquely portable magic. I’m 4 months on Amazon!

A unique book on using photos in coaching“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King’s quote. I’m celebrating today because “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS” has been 4 months on Amazon by now. I believe that optimism is a foundation of courage and is essential to achievement. But nothing would happen without a dream, a vision, and great support from people involved – and esp. Agnes Monod-Gayraud, Judy Weiser, and Jacek Szczepański. I’m happy and grateful.

You can read about and buy the book on Amazon: LINK 2 THE BOOK ON Amazon

It’s worth!

Enjoy and stay inspired, Dorota Raniszewska 🙂

 

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developing creativity

Developing creativity

One of the elements of developing creativity is discovering your inner landscapes in the external landscape. The muses, which are our inspiration, live in streams, tufts of grass, among the leaves of trees, on a park bench, on an old woman’s windowsill, just everywhere. They are colors, reflections, light and shadow, sounds, rustles, blasts of wind, movements. When going outside, we go forward with attention and interest, the world unhurriedly reveals its faces to us, and our imagination responds like a mirror – transforms the feather into an angel, leaves into a raft, a pebble in a stranger from distant sides. And suddenly, it turns out that the gray square in the city is enough to enjoy a creative look.

developing creativity

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