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"I’ve never met a group of people as encouraging and interested in the growth of people and art as the group of photographers on G+ especially those involved in the mentorships. You guys make me believe there is hope for the world! ... Finding Your Vision - The mentorship has been exactly that and so much more." ~ +Lucille Galleli

Thank you so much, Lucille, for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Graduation post: #FYV2018
2000 photos, 1 broken camera, 3 brushes with cops, 1 unpleasant argument, and countless smiles and encounters with strangers later … it’s time to graduate!

It doesn’t seem possible to have learned so much in such a little time, but clearly, there is such a huge difference in how I shoot and more importantly, how I see the world.
Just the other day we went out on a day trip to a gorgeous little Spanish town. Great weather, lots of energy. And instead of focussing on Architecture and Travel shots like I always do, I found myself shooting street. Instinctively looking for reflections and shadows, changing perspectives, searching faces for expressions that would delight or dismay.

Finding Your Vision - The mentorship has been exactly that and so much more. We were given tools, techniques and most of all we were asked all the right questions to go out and find our stories, our juxtapositions, the laugh out loud moments or instances that move one with compassion.

FYV2018, the mentors, moderators and participants have made me take some huge strides in these 8 weeks, and not everything has been about using your camera. Through the weeks I realised that this mentorship changed your approach to photography. Questioning our prejudices, limits and presumptions. Daring us to try something new, something different (always within legal bounds). It didn’t give us a set of rules to follow or standards to achieve, what it did give us is freedom to discover by asking the right questions, by subjecting our prejudices to introspection, by feedback that was gentle yet firm.

I had several half-baked notions of street:
It was just a photo journalistic record of life.
It was black and white and tack sharp shots.
It was coffee table books.

But then I realised, the only limits to what one can create are right there in one’s mind. So why limit yourself? Thanks to FYV 2018, street is no longer any of those jaundiced opinions to me. It’s shapes and sizes and colours and patterns. It’s the nuances of everyday frozen on a canvas inviting the viewer to use their imagination to come up with a interpretation.

After 8 weeks I realise I still don’t have the courage to get up close and shoot people. I’m a nervous wreck. I freeze when my subject makes eye contact, or miss the moment unfolding in front of me, cause I’m just worried about what the person being shot may think. One might call that a complete fail, but to me identifying points of improvement is Step 1 to bettering myself.

What I’ve learned:
Photography is not just about knowing your camera and how to compose. It’s finding the pulse, anticipating the moment, seeing beyond the obvious.
Editing is not just techniques, but approaches. I now edit even my macro shots differently.
Instead of running back into my shell, I pick myself up and roll with the punches. The experiences and stories shared here, the encouragement and support from the group, remind me to think ahead, think of the next photo. Most photographers have had such experiences, there is never an excuse not to get back to shooting.

FYV is a photography mentorship, but to me it’s been more of a spiritual journey. Recognising my prejudices, actively working towards breaking them down, finding out that I’m "unboxable", opening myself up to new experiences, using my camera differently and having a great time all the way.

My heartfelt gratitude to +teresa pilcher for conducting this amazing, eye-opening mentorship. Thank you +Alex Lapidus and +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers +Robin Griggs Wood for the opportunity to grow. The moderators who supported, nudged and gently led us on the path to being better storytellers. I’ve never met a group of people as encouraging and interested in the growth of people and art as the group of photographers on G+ especially those involved in the mentorships. You guys make me believe there is hope for the world!

Finding your Vision…. When I first read that title I thought .. wow… grandiose claim. Now that we are done, I’m glad it was this group of people that I decided to go on this journey of self discovery with. I feel like a lego toy that has been disassembled and reassembled in a manner not prescribed by the design team. Some bits and pieces are still falling into place, but at least I know my heart and head are moving towards the same goal!
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FYV2018
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"This was really an amazing learning experience and has changed the way I think about and view my photographic opportunities." ~ +Willie Scott

Thank you so much, Willie, for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
FYV Graduation Album - May 2018
I just wanted to take a moment to share my graduation album from the Finding Your Vision mentorship program I've been participating in since March.
For those of you not familiar with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, it is a wonderful program created by dedicated G+ photographers with the intent of mentoring and passing on skills to other aspiring photographers.
Finding Your Vision is a creation of +teresa pilcher, an accomplished street photographer. Teresa runs this mentorship with the assistance of other G+ mentors and graduates from previous classes she has taught.
This was really an amazing learning experience and has changed the way I think about and view my photographic opportunities. I really appreciate the time that +teresa pilcher devoted to leading this mentorship. Teresa, all of the mentors and other participants were extremely helpful in furthering my photographic vision.
If you are interested participating in a photography workshop, please visit the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers frequently, to check for new mentorships that may be offered. Also, please check out the other Albums created by the other participants.
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Anyway, here's an album of a few of my favorite images created during the program.
Finding My Vision 2018
Finding My Vision 2018
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"The +G+Mentorship Program for Photographers have been defining points in my photography. People that want to help make what your doing better. A community to belong to and share advice and thoughts. ... I feel so lucky to have been chosen and hope this inspires others to check these mentorships out so we can keep them going. Whether you want to be a student or have something to teach your participation is needed to keep these programs moving forward." ~ +Deb Coning

Thank you so much, Deb, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!


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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
The last 8 weeks I have spent exploring street photography with a G+ Photography Mentorship by Teresa Pilcher. Well it's been a grand old time.The worst thing about this whole journey is that its over. It was a tremendous opportunity and I have only scratched the surface of what street is all about. As I looked through what I shot at first I liked everything, than nothing, than became selective. My images were all over the place.Was it to be blurs or multi images Did I want it to be cohesive. I tried to figure out what would be meaningful to me.I found for now it was a collection of moments from peoples lives using techniques I learned here to make those moments more meaningful. This is really hard but rewarding. So I chose for my album images that which best fit that description. Whether I succeeded whose knows. But I do know their much better and with time and practice hope to go even farther.

The +G+Mentorship Program for Photographers have been defining points in my photography. People that want to help make what your doing better. A community to belong to and share advice and thoughts.

Teresa Pilcher (instructor +teresa pilcher ) is a remarkable person and photographer. She offered 8 weeks of her time to instruct and teach us how to be better street photographers. She's really incredible. The monitors were just as remarkable helping each of us stay on track offering suggestions and motivation to keep us moving. And last my fellow classmates from all over the world sharing their thoughts and ideas. How incredible is that. I feel so lucky to have been chosen and hope this inspires others to check these mentorships out so we can keep them going. Whether you want to be a student or have something to teach your participation is needed to keep these programs moving forward. So I hope you join the +G+Mentorship Program for Photographers bandwagon leading to a remarkable journey of self realization.

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"This Mentorship was one of the most precious experiences I have ever had; an unbelievable journey and gift." ~ +Angela Migliore

Thank you so much, Angela, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!



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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Finding Your Vision 2018 Street Photography Mentorship
Graduation Album/Final Plus Post - Finding Your Vision Mentorship 2018

I read somewhere that finding meaning is your own personal journey to discovering what really matters in life and then pursuing those things. Finding Your Vision 2018 Street Photography Mentorship has been one of those truly meaningful, life-changing journeys. I now understand why I have always had a passion to photograph people in ever day situations. It is to create images that tell meaningful stories of our shared humanity which connect us all on a deeper level.

The assignments for the past eight weeks focused on more dynamic ways to use the Elements and Principles of Art to create more compelling and impactful compositions. Each week we were introduced to techniques which I found added more dimension and interest to my images! Trusting your instincts and asking yourself key questions were a vital part of the learning process when photographing on the street. I learned that it doesn’t matter where you are, just follow the light! For me, it all starts with creating the scene first, being very present and focused, waiting with patience for that spark to happen in order to capture that decisive moment.

Since I am a visual learner, Teresa’s direction and assignments were easy to follow and relatable. She presented videos and other resource material in a clear and concise way which helped me to work on my vision with a new sense of artistic perspective. I was also introduced to the works of world-renowned street photographers that I was not aware of who are just so brilliant! Seeing the Moderators and Mentees images and reading their comments was an essential aspect of the program.

Thank you +teresa pilcher ♥ for shining your light and talent with us; you are one dynamic lady and an incredible photographer. Thank you for taking your time to comment and encourage each one of us every step of the way! Big thanks to my fellow Mentees. I felt like I was where I belonged; at home with a group of generous, kind, talented and imaginative people who were willing to share the same passion for learning and to move beyond their own comfort zones♥. Thank you to the Moderators for taking the time to comment and support us - you all were vital and instrumental to this Program.♥

I am forever grateful and thankful to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers here on G+ for offering this unique and special Program and for allowing me to be part of it. This Mentorship was one of the most precious experiences I have ever had; an unbelievable journey and gift. (Forgive me as I added 12 photos.....I couldn't choose )
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"I learned so much and ... I had so much fun during all the assignments." ~ +Steffan Correll

Thank you so much, Steffan, for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!


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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
Finding your vision 2018.
That was the theme of a mentorship I took part in for 8 weeks. It was about a very interesting genre in photography. Street photography so far was not what I preferred to do. But I learned so much new aspects that I will do it more from now on. Thanks to our mentor +teresa pilcher and her great group of helpers I learned so much and thanks to all my beautiful and talented mentees I had so much fun during all the assignments.
And a special thank you to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers to give us the opportunity to learn all these new things.
In the past street photography was not my favorite theme. I always struggled with taking photos of strangers. I was much more familiar with landscape, macro, long time exposure and many other techniques where no people are to see. But now I like capturing the street much more although it´s still not my favorite.
There are so many scopes to create a photograph and not only getting a quick shot. We learned to look around and set our stage before pressing the shutter. Using unique perspectives and natural contrasts as well as creating tension are only a few of all the new things we learned to use to create not only a photo but a piece of art.
In this album I show you a small amount of all the photos we took during the mentorship. These are my favorites and I hope you like them as well as I do.
Graduation Album
Graduation Album
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"A real adventure to have been involved in mentoring led by Teresa Pilcher whom I thank for his professionalism, availability and encouragement" ~ +Patricia Foehn

Thank you so much, Patricia, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!


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"Each week is so well designed and chock full of very helpful resources and examples." ~ +Lisa s

Thank you so much, Lisa, for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!


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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
I have just completed the most incredibly inspiring and informative 8 week +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers called, +Finding Your Vision-Street Photography and I highly recommend it to anyone! +teresa pilcher shares her expertise and provides very helpful resources and with the help of her wonderful mentors, creates a non-judgemental, creative and very supportive learning experience.
Each week is so well designed and chock full of very helpful resources and examples. +teresa pilcher mentorship provides an opportunity for self discovery and i have learned that it is alot easier to create images that simply look good than capturing images with depth. Each week builds on core elements such as composition, layers, building tension and complexity, and isolating the subject. It’s all of these newly acquired skills that have taught me how to get up close and personal with the human experience and to capture more meaningful images.
A big heartfelt THANK YOU to +teresa pilcher for providing such an amazing mentorship and thanks so much to the wonderful mentors for being such supportive and encouraging mentors! Its been an incredible experience!

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"my perception towards it has changed. I am more comfortable and with all that I have learnt I can definitely make a better image now." ~ +madhura ravishankar CLICK THIS LINK to read the post! https://plus.google.com/b/105385385448524520257/104936147966405730607/posts/2JzvJknwYEH

Thank you so much, Madhura, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing

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" I believe I have gained much and will build upon what I have learned. I also appreciate the kindness and support of the other mentees and mentors." ~ +Craig Brandau

Thank you so much, Craig, for sharing your thoughts and great work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing
I am more that grateful for having had the opportunity to be part of this program...beyond grateful. The main mentor and creator of this class, +teresa pilcher, is so generous passing on her knowledge to her mentees. I believe I have gained much and will build upon what I have learned. I also appreciate the kindness and support of the other mentees and mentors. You are all such great photographers and have provided me with inspiration and ideas. Thanks!
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"I had a great time and learned a ton of techniques, watched great videos as well as written lessons, all supplied by an awesome and talented teacher and guide" ~ +Marsha Leigh CLICK THIS LINK to read the post! https://plus.google.com/b/105385385448524520257/+MarshaLeigh/posts/GvrLMQNAbqt

Thank you so much, Marsha, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +teresa pilcher's "Finding Your Vision" mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment! Find out how you can get that feeling for yourself herehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2AGAbjLwjUcY0ZiNHlHY2FoNlU/view?usp=sharing

Graduation Album FYV 2018
Graduation Album FYV 2018
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