The space between the mind and eyes is wide and deep. What is this space? The space in which perception arises up from? Is it a historical space? One where genetic imprints arise? The conscious and unconscious mind? The dreams and desires? I posit this space as a vast complexity of all of these areas and more. And after much contemplation, I will like to present this thinking and work to help others learn about this within themselves-please read on to find out more.

I tend to think the pictures I make (and perhaps others do this as well) are a form of wish fulfilment. The image appears as something within ourselves we wanted. And at one point I wanted to move to NYC to be a writer. Just like at other points I wanted to go to California to go to art school. No accident it is then photograph I might make in Chicago appears as NYC. These places and things which have become objects and symbols in the mind of meaning, may originate from reality, but are not reality when we are thinking, dreaming or looking at images about them. In many mental and verbal wrestling matches between myself and other people involved in image making or photography (different activities in with similar concerns), I start to move my personal practice in a direction not solely based on image making, but now toward a direction in working with others to develop their image making. And to balance this work with the body. Imagination and concepts are excellent tools and yet completely useless when dislocated from the relationship to the body. The body, allows for the experience of life. And so to I have developed Yoto Studio to bring together practices of imaging and of body.

To dive deeply into the body, into life, the elements that make up the picture…this space of conception between the mind and eyes…the psyche-soma system. This psyche-soma system has a complexity for it is the conscious and unconscious parts of existence. And to draw something up from the depths of the unknown and make it visible within life, allows expanded freedom to choose, to set things that no longer create what you want free, and to forge onward creating what you do want to see in your life everyday.

“Like our eyes, cameras can see and make pictures of everything. You can use the camera, as the poet William Burroughs did, to discover what’s on your mind, even your subconscious. In the process, you might discover ideas you’re more comfortable with or ways of making pictures.”
– Charles Harbutt 
To me, the most use of photography today is to learn these things about ourselves, our lives, our world, and to realise ourselves as creators. So sure, everyone can go around snapping pictures, but a lot of now can go around making pictures, and rooting through them to assist in creating a life we want to be living. This I have developed a system of learning called Yoto Imagining. If you would like a personal or small group series of learning sessions on this, please reach out to me at rachel.wolfe@me.com

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