Originally, I’d intended on posting this around Black Friday/Cyber Monday but I was prevented by forces outside my control. The week of Thanksgiving, Los Angeles was oppressed relentlessly by Santa Ana winds which are always a challenge to my body, but especially so this time.
With my recent sinus surgery (which I still need to tell you about!) I was already at less than my usual lower-than-average health and my sinuses just about lost the will to live once the winds started. This meant almost a week of migraines every day, but even after the worst of it had passed, I was terribly behind on everything I hadn’t been doing while I was laying in the dark with an ice pack on my head. Things fell behind.
This really has no connection to either Black Friday or Cyber Monday now but a large percentage of my sales happen around the holidays, so I hope you’ll indulge this post anyway 🙂
I have a perfect gift idea for anyone in your life (or perhaps you!) who is a bit artsy or introverted or just wants to develop their self-awareness. INTROSPECTIVE: A Photographic Quest is a truly unique experience unlike anything else I’ve found. I created this online workshop after searching for something like it, and not finding anything that resonated with me. In the eight-week course, you will use your camera to explore your inner self, receiving a new assignment each week challenging you to delve into your secrets, fears and joys.
No photography experience is needed (although links to more technical information are provided for anyone who wants to learn more about it). This is not a class about photography, it’s about you taking you exploring your inner self, making new discoveries and using art to document what you find. It’s also an extremely therapeutic experience; I based the structure of the class on the healing I found in photography and self portraiture.
In a sense, you could say it’s a course about self portraiture since everything you create will be imbued with who you are, but there are no requirements to put yourself within the image, or even have any people in your images. If you find that, say, tea leaves on a saucer express what you’re feeling, that’s just as valid as any other way of expressing yourself!
You will learn about yourself over these eight weeks and make wonderful discoveries. The best, and most long-lasting, of these may just be discovering the profound healing power in art. This is an eight-week adventure full of fun and joy in a safe, love-filled environment. If you want to share your images with the world, you’re more than welcome to, but there’s no requirement to do so. INTROSPECTIVE is about you, through and through.
With the new year and its resolutions quickly approaching us, I can’t think of a better gift to start the year off with! Whether you take the class yourself or give it as a gift to someone, I can guarantee that not only will it be completely different than every other gift you or they will receive, but that it will do wonders for the soul of every participant.
To jump-start this for the holiday season, I’ve created a special promotion to receive $25 off INTROSPECTIVE! That’s 30% off! Just enter code INTROXMAS2014 when you check out, whether you’re buying for yourself or someone else 🙂
I’d like to point out that INTROSPECTIVE has not been hosted on Udemy for its whole existence; in the beginning, I hosted it on my site. While Udemy shows that very few people have taken the course, the number is actually higher. And somehow some of the reviews have gotten erased as well. Sigh. Luckily, I have another one I can share with you from student Aly, two of whose photos are right above and below!
“I have taken part in Sarah’s Introspective course twice, not because I missed anything the first time, but because her course offers the unique quality of fresh opportunity for introspection and growth, with each round. Much like a “Choose your own Adventure” book (but with far more substance, of course), the beginning, journey and end of the Photographic Quest are what you make it, with Sarah’s guiding topics, suggestions, questions and technical encouragement, to keep the journey on track. Through her course, I created several self portraits which spoke from my heart, of which I am very proud and thankful to have been guided toward. I absolutely recommend Introspective: A Photographic Quest, for anyone interested in exploring themselves through self portraiture. I’ve come from this course with much more confidence in my ability to realize self portraits, from concept to fruition, and of course, a closer understanding of myself, through this Introspective journey.“
Thank you, Aly! Her review sums up what I want the class to be for everyone; something you can return to again and again, adjusting it for yourself each time. And you can retake it at any time; the lesson outlines are downloadable, so you can go through the journey as many times as you want for the one price of admission!
With all that said, think about INTROSPECTIVE as a gift for yourself or a loved one. It will certainly be a completely unique gift, unlike anything else they might receive! And with the benefit of being able to repeat it at any point, it just keeps giving 🙂 On top of that, use code INTROXMAS2014 when you check out to get an entire 30% off! I hope you’ll take the journey and go on an adventure!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about it, both as you’re on your quest and after. And if you upload your images to the Flickr group for INTROSPECTIVE, they just might get featured here!
Be bold! Go on a quest and return a deeper person 🙂