January 17, 2000
Danna Quinn self-portrait.
Photo courtesy of Danna Quinn.
by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor
DUVALL--Danna Quinn describes herself as a "life-artist." So why, then, is a photograph she took of herself lying in a coffin one of her favorite self-portraits?
Because, she says, that spur-of-the-moment photograph she took 20 years ago in a funeral home defines how her life has gone since then.
It reflects the years she has spent helping those suffering from terminal illness. And it speaks of her photographic skill and how she has learned to use photography to help others bring out their creativity and increase their appreciation for life.
"Life-artist" actually is a term she uses for one "who approaches life as if it were a three-dimensional painting--the artist in the midst of her/his own creation."
Her company, InnerBound, Inc., uses journaling and photographic workshops to promote development of inner-awareness and creativity. A recent transplant from the Washington, D.C. area, she will be offering workshops beginning this month at Boxhill Farm south of Duvall.
Referring to ReDefining, the journaling workshop, "It's like building a house with words," she says. "Words are symbols for concepts and emotions. It's something we can all do."
But she says people who take her workshops must be motivated. "You have to work at it," she says. "But you are rewarded by learning that every day has texture and a deeper meaning."
The photographic workshop, Self-Exposed, is a part of the Polaroid Education Program and is offered in middle schools and high schools across the country. Educational Counselors have received Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for completion of the course. Quinn has written an instructor's manual for use in the public school system.
In the class, students have to project themselves into a scene and visualize the setting and the outcome, "becoming the author, director, main character, lighting, and set designer--all in one." They are led to explore ideas that have intrigued and inspired them and are asked to produce self-portraits that depict an emotion or symbol.
Quinn says students, using their full range of imagination, are often surprised by the finished product.
"I use it as a medium to explore oneself," she says. "I was led to it by art within photography and discovered I could share it with others. People really don't realize the power they have in their lives. We are the main character and photos symbolize where we are."
The workshops are set to begin January 25 and each will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. one evening a week. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. The price for each is $65. A workbook is included with the journaling workshop.
For information, call Quinn at 844-1525.