There’s no doubt whatsoever, that Sedona is a beautiful place. Four million people visit Sedona each year to bask in the magnificence of the red rocks and spectacular high desert surroundings. For some, this beauty translates into a spiritual experience, while others find the tranquility a perfect escape from their busy urban lives. No matter what the reason for visiting Sedona (or living here), we all seem to want to capture it, bottle it up, and take it home. This can take form in plein air paintings, purchasing local art, or photographing it with your smartphone, tablet or DSLR.
Of course you don’t have to be a professional photographer these days, lugging equipment to your favorite spot on the trail, to capture the beauty of Sedona. This is a fantastic technological age, where practically everyone carries a camera in his or her pocket. Our smartphones entice us to explore new worlds and steal precious moments in time. As our droids and iPhones get smarter and smarter, we can take high quality images anywhere anytime. Plus, there’s no shortage of things to photograph in Sedona! And there’s no better time than the present to get out there and start.
This week the Sedona Arts Center is hosting “Sedona PhotoFest 2012” June 7 -10. So if you’re a photo enthusiast, amateur photographer or just like to snap pictures, this is your week. Thursday kicks off over six free events and almost all the workshops sold out! In fact, the only workshop with space available is Guy Tal’s “Creativity in Photography” workshop. Guy Tal is a photographer and author who believes that the practice of photography as a creative pursuit has the ability to transform and enrich your life. And I have to completely agree.
I’m one of those artist-types that feel the need to be creative on a daily basis. When I’m not writing, designing, drawing or painting, you can bet you will find me photographing something. I intend to leave no stone unturned as I create a photographic diary of my life and experiences with my family and friends. This poses a few challenges for me to overcome, such as disk space, printing and organizing. But it’s all worth it, because in the end, I have a clear and perfect ‘picture’ of the best times of my life.
So when you are on your trail or sipping a cup of Joe, be creative and capture a second or two. Just take a look at the photograph I took with my semi-smartphone. I was hiking a trail with my family when an opportunity caught my eye in the form of a fluttering little creature. I bound up to the top of a hill and took advantage of the moment. There are endless opportunities for you to take a little piece of Sedona home with you. Whether you live here or are just staying for a while… capture and share your time in beautiful Sedona.
Remember: grow; learn; conserve; preserve; create; question; educate; change; and free your mind.
About: Kelli Klymenko is an artist, a faculty member and the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Sedona Arts Center: a gathering place where artists can learn, teach, and exhibit their works at the center’s School of the Arts and Fine Art Gallery in uptown Sedona.
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