Let me invite to a recent talk with Bara Belova from the Czech Republic. Bara is a coach and mentor, and a yoga teacher. She took part in the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS – Photography in Coaching course in August, 2020. I asked Bara about what fascinates her in photography and how it helps her to work with people in coaching. She shared many inspiring ideas! She also shared with generosity her insights about the course.
I’m grateful for this talk. I’m happy that I can share it with you.
Some inspiring ideas from Bara:
What fascinates me in photography is an immediate connection. Connection to the subconscious. Photography works like GPS for the mind. It allows you to go where it is safe to be. The picture that has so many things, so many stories behind. When I was preparing for the course, I looked at photo albums at home and it was funny to see how quickly I can remember things when I look at old photos. “O! gosh! I have this one. I remember it!” …
I’m a very visual person. I need to see things!
Photos also give you the time to reflect, to think. When a picture is stored in the mind, sometimes, people connect dots after a couple of weeks.
Whenever it is the right time, you connect to the right people and you take the journey. My personal situation brought me to your course right at this moment of time.
Bara joined the Polish taught edition as she can understand Polish very well. We spoke Polish and English during the course. And “we had photography – a connecting language”.
What was also great is the preparation for the course was important: I could answer many of my questions while I was preparing for the course.
A lot of beautiful processes. Great talks.
The answers are just around us. We don’t know. But our subconscious knows that already.
Dears, that you for reading this post and watching the video. Stay inspired. Listen to your inner voice, intuition, wisdom, and soul. Namaste! Dorota
😀 I’m happy about these three days spent together with you and your photos. For several years, in the last week of August, I have traditionally conducted the course on photography in coaching “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS”. It was a very inspiring time 💎 I’m thankful to you for your openness, courage, curiosity and mutual exchange 🔥
Some time ago, I followed my voice, dream, passion. I feel like I’ve come a long way with photography, and I’m still somewhere at the beginning.
One photo hides the whole story.
The Life Photo Album as a technique to work around your achievements, strenghts, supporting relationships in life and to plan next steps.
A photo as a Visual metaphor that helps to explain complex realities within us, such as feelings or emotions.
The Most Important Photo as a technique to work around your identity, values and current moment in life.
Taking photos as a technique to look for a new perspective on a defined coaching topic.
Our souvenir photo together. From the left: Olena, Marta, Joana, Marta, Bara and me, Dorota.
“A big power of photography is to keep people alive… In my heart, I still have them with me…. I can see a moment of joy when looking at the old pictures.”
“All people we meet in our lives influenced us. “Influences” – this could be a title of a family photo album as well.”
“You open an old photo album and you have all your friends with you. And you see who you became. I’m grateful. At my home, I have a lot of photographs of my friends and family members and it gives me a good feeling… it triggers many moments, times spent together. …”
I asked Tina about what was important in this course on photography in coaching:
“To realize what a photograph can really do.”
“We stopped time. We focused on a few pictures, on the essence, one image only. It was an eye-opener. A beautiful journey. Talking about things that nobody ever asks me. Today when we have thousands of photos, we talked about only one. A beautiful reduction.”
“And your questions that are so simple.”
“I learnt through you the importance of listening and asking.”
“And how important it is to focus on just one image, ask a simple question and really listen….”
Tina’s message to the people: “Trust yourself, don’t make too big steps, look at each other, trust each other, human connections are precious.”
It is so cool to have a dream and vision in life. And to go step by step the direction you want to go. No rush. You will get there if you follow the direction. I feel like I can say these words. Some years ago I started using photography that is my passion in my professional coaching practice. And I had the vision to share and teach about it to other professionals from all over the world. To connect and belong professionally regardless of nationality, country or culture. And I’m doing it. Last Thursday, on July 9th I made something really big. I hosted a large group of wonderful people from 23 countries at the “Photography in Coaching” webinar.
It was very moving to see all of us from so different places and cultures connecting, sharing and exchanging.
“When I read the list with so different countries, I start to cry…” – wrote one woman.
Yes. It was really special, inspiring, energizing. And I felt that my dream is coming true. People connected from Brasil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA.
I’m grateful to all the people who joined the event and co-created it with me.
Moreover, it made me think that one of the strongest needs that we have as humans and which drives us through our lives, is to belong, connect, be together. In the times of isolation, this need prompted us to connect regardless of obstacles like closed borders, no flights or public places open, mental barriers to show up online. We are so creative, adaptive, and open.
May those strengths help us to build an accepting and protecting place for all the creatures on our planet. That’s my dream.
„I see and hear you” – Interview with Anna Lagosz – Anna Łagosz Photography, July 2, 2020 – Interview in Polish, English transcription below the film:
Dorota: I am with Anna Łagosz today. Anna is a portrait photographer.
Recently, we had a chance to work together for a few months since Anna decided to take an individual development program on Photography in Coaching. Today we celebrate and share our impressions. Thank you so much Anna, for having agreed to talk.
Anna: I am very happy that you invited me.
D: First, I would like to ask you what was important to you in this program.
A: Lots of important things.
First of all, I decided on it. And then, the online version worked well. We meet online, we had tools to do it, we used them, did something important and entered deep into the process. I am glad that I had such an opportunity.
Then engagement and trust. I knew you were a trustful person. I did all the exercises without postponing until later, and thanks to that we did a lot. And I feel that it has gone deep for me.
We worked one to one, in a virtual room and most of our work happened as in a coaching session – we practised based on your topics and with your photos. Our work became a combination of an individual development program and coaching. It was a unique experience.
But I would like to ask you something else. I admit that you are not the only photographer who comes to me for these programs and both photographers from Poland and abroad want to learn photography in coaching. How does it happen?
I followed my intuition. When we talked for the first time, I realized that you have a very similar sensitivity to mine. Also, you put into words what I have long felt and done. So in meeting you, I felt that two compatible components came together: photography and human connection. You speak my language. We talk in a similar way about the most important things for me.
The most valuable to me as a photographer was that I could see myself. Because every day when I take portraits, I show to the people how they look like and what they are. They can see themselves in my photos. And here I could watch and rediscover myself, see myself from a different angle. I was discovering my qualities for myself, but I have them as a photographer as well. So it worked inside and out, both ways. I saw how valuable my work can be, and this awareness helps me to grow.
D: I hear from many people who do photography that the relationship in photography works the same way as in coaching when two people trust each other and the clients meet themselves and I assist them as a coach or photographer. People meet and uncover themselves before your camera and they trust you. The same as coaching, portrait photography has a significant ingredient of empathy and assistance. And for photographers coaching becomes a way to better understand the nature of this relationship, including its intimacy and uniqueness.
So what would you say to other photographers?
A: That personal development is a very valuable experience for photographers if we do our work with love and care. Taking portraits is not about our equipment but who we are – the lenses we see through, how we feel and who we become for others.
I saw that photography is a language to know ourselves. And everything we did in the exercises provided that language – when looking at the past with the photo-album, or looking at the presence with photo-journal of joy as well as finding motivation for the future with new photos. I still discover a multitude of meanings and purposes. And it is important for my private and professional life. Especially given that I work with people and create portraits and the relationship matters. I think that the relationship which we have with ourselves as photographers influences our work with the clients.
D: As always, if you work with people you need to have a good relationship with yourself first.
And this is about seeing and hearing. When we worked together, I could clearly experience from you the “I hear you”. And in my work of a portrait photographer I give to the clients: “I see you”.
And this is how the connection happens for me: I hear you and see you. But first, I hear and see myself. And then, I can hear and see you.
D: Thank you Anna
A: Thank you
D: I wish you lots of good and all who watch us let me invite you for portrait sessions with Anna.
A: I hope so. I feel that through our work I have lots of new energy and new perspectives on what I do as well as how deep it can take me and my clients.
Did you know that watching family photos together can increase pride and respect in the family?
Welcome to the fifth part of the “Peace and Joy at Home – The Power of Photography” article. Today, I share about watching family photos together. On a deeper level, it is about 🌱story-telling based on personal photos to build respect and a sense of uniqueness ☀️
🌱 Watching family photos together seems to be a simple topic and yet unique. Why?
🌱 Through the mean of our photos, we can take family members back in time to the moments when we were living in different circumstances and realities.
🌱 And authentic stories typically raise curiosity.
How to do it?
🌱 Bring your photos, sit with children and start telling stories and memories that are “hidden” in pictures. Often, one photo is enough to reveal a long story.
🌱 They take people in, engage, teach. We become SOMEONE with a story to tell.
🌱 Watching life photo albums is to see our biographies – and a sense of uniqueness, pride and respect is born.
I hope that my series about “Peace and Joy at Home – The Power of Photography” was inspiring for you.
Welcome to the fourth part of the “Peace and Joy at Home – The Power of Photography” article. Today, I share about keeping a photo-diary in order to regain a sense of meaning and direction. 🌱 Photography can be a way to regain a sense of meaning and direction – this is, to achieve something valuable over time. It is about keeping a photo-journal with the idea to implement a task in a consistent way over a period of time. 🌱 As a reward, you discover that you can focus on something you had decided to do and accomplish it. 🌱 If you keep a photo diary for 21 days, you get a real chance to experience having more focus in your life. 🌱 To do this, you need small but daily steps. Do it on ease, with no pressure.
How to do it? 🌱Choose the topic of a photo-journal that will be valuable to you in the near future. For example, if you need to learn to take care of yourself, you can look after each morning with a special look and take a picture of yourself. With each photo, write how you feel when you see yourself and what you like. Imagine how you will feel after 21 days with such a series of photos and affirmations about you! 🌱Another idea on the same subject is a beautifully composed and served meal. 🌱Still another topic, for example, if you are looking for more to appreciate everyday life, take photos of the weather outside and describe what the weather is like, how the air smells, how birds sing.
How to use it at home with your family? 🌱Appoint home editors or journalists, if you prefer on various topics: cooking, portraits of family members, the advent of spring. And so on.
I hope you find this inspiration useful. Next week, I will write about story-telling based on personal photos to build respect and a sense of uniqueness.
Welcome to the second part of the “Peace and Joy at Home – The Power of Photography” article. Today, I share about how photography helps stop the race of thoughts and gain inner peace.☀️
🌱Imagine you are entering a meadow. Start noticing flowers, grasses, trees, dandelions, sun, shadows, cobwebs, colors. On the right there is a tall tree. Green bush is on your left. A bird flies by. You hear crickets chirping. You smell the meadow. You approach the dandelion close by, the light shining through the crown. It’s a magic moment. And you just photograph. 🌱And now come back to the awareness that you are reading this article and answer the question:
🌱Did you imagine this meadow and taking pictures in your imagination, and in the same time were thinking about what else to do today or what to cook for dinner?
Probably not! Because taking pictures absorbs the mind and every detail, every time you start running like a butterfly, it draws your attention fully. You are then in a state of flow. This is exactly what happens in mindfulness practice.
🌱Mindfulness practice improves mental health. These are usually yoga and meditation. It turns out that photography works the same way because it puts you in a state of awareness of the outside world and your own thoughts, thus immediately reduce stress, stops the race of thoughts. With longer practice, it also improves memory and concentration. The practice of mindfulness is a practice of peacefulness.
🌱Taking photos is also a regular source of positive emotions. It brings satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, because by taking pictures a person stays in contact with themselves, goes out to the world, exceeds the limits of confinement in their own thoughts and, as a result, expresses something from themselves in a creative way.
🌱How can you start to practice peace of mind through photography?
All you have to do is spend twenty minutes to half an hour every day at home or outside. You can have one topic for some time and then change it. For example ‘light’. ‘Sunlight’ is a great topic if you need to regain joy, energy, a good mood or reduce depression. When you photograph your mind is absorbed enough watching and creating that it frees you for a moment from anxiety, and turns on a sense of harmony and purpose.
I hope you find this inspiration useful. Next week, I will write about photography as fun, which gives the family moments of joy and develops creative skills.
I hope you find this inspiration useful. Next week, I will write about photography as fun, which gives the family moments of joy and develops creative skills.
🍀 Yeas, family photos can help to strengthen the sense of security and self-esteem in children and adolescents.🍀
Recall your parents’ home. Probably on the shelves or on the dresser, there are family photos, e.g. from holidays spent together. Why do your parents keep these pictures on display? To have you close to themselves, to feel your presence at home. These photos bring back the nice moments that they want to remember. They show the continuity of the biography. They remind you of the uniqueness of your own life. They show the value of shared experiences. And that gives you a sense of meaning. What do family photos “say” from the wall? They say only good things that we naturally want to hear about ourselves. Such as I love you, our family is important. 🍀Therefore, they are valuable in building a sense of security and self-esteem in children. Hanged on the wall, they inform that the family is united and unique and that children are an important part of it. It is worth hanging a family photo in a children’s room so that children before falling asleep and after waking up see it as the first information that they are not alone, but together with the loved ones. 🍀Such information means for the child’s brain the safety of being in a family. They also allow us to cultivate a sense of value, uniqueness and sense. They are a way to celebrate family life. 🍀How to choose photos and who should do it? The easiest way would be to do it yourself. But there is a better way – involve children. Invite each family member to choose a few photos from your vacation, holidays or everyday life that they especially like. Together you can decide on their composition and place where they will be exposed. Maybe you will do one common collage, or everyone will find their own photo corner at home. 🍀I hope you find this inspiration useful. ☀️
Next week, I will write about photography as a practice of mindfulness, which helps to stop the race of thoughts and restore inner peace. Do Raniszewska
How to use our photos to give yourself moments of peace, joy, relaxation for the brain, and to support children and family in building emotional harmony? Starting from tomorrow, I invite you to read about the positive effects of photography on our mind. I will share practices that have a positive impact on our mind and relationships at home in times of uncertainty, fear, sadness, and staying at home: 🌱family photos at home to support a sense of security and self-esteem, 🌱photography as a practice of mindfulness, which restores inner peace, 🌱photo-diaries, which are a regular source of positive emotions, introduce routine and continuity, 🌱photography as fun, which gives the family moments of joy and develops creative skills, 🌱story-telling based on personal photos to build respect and a sense of uniqueness. These are elements of my personal development practice for many years which I would like to share it with you in the coming weeks. You will receive five inspirations for the coming days and weeks, and maybe for longer. See you again tomorrow, Dorota Raniszewska