Website redesign... by Skip McDonald

Welcome back to! The website has finally been updated after a full year that involved a move for Ginny and I from Oregon to Arizona, a few medical issues, and just plain “getting settled in”. The next full day Photo Centering workshop, Listening for the Light (photography as a meditative practice), will be held on Saturday, October 12th at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson. More details on this seminar will follow over the next several weeks.

Again, welcome back!!


Photographing the "Elusive" Rainbow by Skip McDonald

There are very few weather related events in nature to observe and photograph that can match the beauty and brilliance of the “elusive” rainbow. However, unless you live near a tropical rainforest, it is often difficult to locate rainbows, and when you do, trying to photograph them can be more than a bit frustrating!

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Photography – Learning how to “Write with Light” by Skip McDonald

“Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects.”    ~Leonard Missone

During a photographic seminar I attended on the coast of Maine several years ago, I distinctly remember a team leader make an offhand comment about the word “photography”. He simply dissected the word into two parts- “photo” (light) and “graphy” (writing), basically “writing with light”. 

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Therapeutic Photography- Discovering your “Visual Voice” by Whitney Anderson

Welcome to the new Photo Centering website blog page!

Every time we take a photograph we focus our cameras both externally and internally. The images that we create become messengers, parts of a much larger “free range” language of symbols that can eliminate the need for us to rely solely on the inherently limited range of the spoken or written word. When our photographs are viewed in this context, and not just merely as “pretty pictures”, they can become an effective catalyst for more dynamic interpersonal communications. Bridges built with words are limited by their very nature and therefore often lack the ability to convey intended meaning, true definition or substance. Bridges built with images can transcend mere words and can carry us over to a more direct and unobstructed route that can lead us to communicate at a deeper level with ourselves and with others. My weekend photographic retreats are designed to help others better understand and discover their own personal “visual voice”.

My hope is that you will find your visits here to the Photo Centering website refreshing, as if you were walking onto an oasis, a place to relax and take in some visual refreshments as well as engage with others in some meaningful conversations about our natural world. It is my sincere hope that you will come back often and eventually join others and myself here in the Pacific Northwest for an upcoming weekend photographic retreat. 

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”              

                                                                                                                                                                                                 -Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Happy shooting and stay focused!