We grow into the present from our childhood past. What we learned during those very early years is not remembered and is also never forgotten. Early experiences and relationships set the course for the future. Echoes of the earliest years can be heard in the stories we tell about ourselves, to ourselves and to others. Photographs were known as “Mirrors with a Memory” because of their singular way of recording history. It is because of this that they can provide clues into ourselves and the world from which we have emerged. In much the same way as geneticists analyze the genetic code looking for the historic causes of disease or genealogical origins, psychotherapists rummage through personal memory and present day behaviours searching for the roots of obstacles to harmonious living. To make sense of what went on early in life, it is important to look at the foundations of emotional realities. A working understanding of self brings countless benefits to relationships and to creativity and can elicit real changes in behaviour.

Photographs found in family albums and photographs that we take, tell stories which contain memory.  In the workshops we explore some of the unique ways in which memories and stories are embedded in photographs and how their extraordinary power can bring to life the source of old feelings and behaviours.  Very early emotional and defensive patterns tend to repeat them selves in daily life. When we become aware of the parts of ourselves that are deeply buried in our past and in our unconscious minds we can update and change them. Disowned or forgotten will memories will continue to echo in our daily interactions, until they are recognized. We need to decipher, remember and integrate the riddle of who we were, when we were younger, with who we are now. 

“To take photographs means to recognize- simultaneously and within a fraction of a second- both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms, that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head and one’s eyes and one’s heart on the same axis.”

Cartier Bresson. Decisive Moment.

email me for more information.

All material  on this site is Copyright  ©  2013  Toronto