Thin Places & Photographic Creativity

August 18, 2014 - August 24, 2014


Workshop ID: G14CDS841
Dates: August 18, 2014 – August 24, 2014 Price: $395.00

create-_photoA Thin Place: A place to go to feel at peace, a place to be in touch with one’s origins, a place to go to feel one’s natural self, a place to be in touch with one’s soul. It’s a place where the veil between heaven and earth, between the sacred and profane, between our creator and ourselves, is lifted and we connect in an intimate way with the universe.

We have all, I hope, felt this once or several or many times in our lives. It could be alone at the ocean, or in the desert, the mountains, or even a cathedral. And, just perhaps, is could be while with another who is in a similar state of seeking – seeking what we may not know but with an openness and experience and seek and commune with our higher power.

So how does this relate to a photography workshop you might ask? Through a series of readings, meditative exercises, solo and small group wanderings (camera in hand), we’ll be open to experiences of all our senses and begin to intuitively develop the awareness of translating feelings and experiences with the medium of photography. We spend time along the ocean shore, and in the forest primeval. We explore the creative potential of photography to record our feelings and experiences in ways you have not have thought about before. And we’ll add in some music as well to lift the Spirits in more ways than one.


chuck_kirchnerChuck Kirchner is a Fine Art Photographer and workshop leader based on Bainbridge Island, Washington. His subjects include cityscapes, landscapes, and world cultures. The range of photographs represents the spirit of the places Chuck has had the privilege of visiting over the years and the people met along the way. The challenge for the photographer is to convey the sense of being there. Sometimes, a lone tree in a heavy mist may say it all; other times, the dialogue entails the blur of motion on a dance floor, the detail of the musician’s hands and instrument, or the appearance of the post-storm rainbow. Chuck’s photographs have the ability to capture the season, the sensations, the memories and, most importantly, the spirit of place and of life. The tools of the trade involve technical acumen, artistic vision, patience, good timing, and, of course, a bit (or lot) of serendipity.

His photographs have been displayed in numerous venues in the Pacific Northwest and have been published in Popular Photography and the Alaska/Horizon Airlines magazines. He leads photography workshops, as well as one-on-one mentoring sessions, on a variety of topics including digital workflow, composition and creativity, creation of photo books, and travel photography. Chuck also teaches a popular introduction to photography class for elementary and middle school students. Chuck is also the author of several books, including “Photography and Thin Places,” available through, and “Journey On! Vacation Planning for the Best Trip Ever,” available through

Need more info? Call Evelyn at 505.685.1001 or Angela at 505.685.1002.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, HC77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: [email protected]
  2. Register by telephone at 877-804-4678, extension 4152 or 4155 — available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. MST.
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