Celebrating Life Through a Lens
Read all about Marlene Neumann in Concierge magazine. Julie Graham writes with thoughtful insight in Celebrating Life Through a Lens. The descriptive words and stunning images are a celebration of Marlene’s work.
Paging through the magazine on page 44 you stop mid turn. Marlene’s striking Black and White image, The Gates, transport you into that tranquil space that she captures in her photographs.
Marlene’s many unique aspects are captured in the article. From her Fine Art Photographs, her book Sky Meets Land and her new DVD series, Capturing What People Don’t Talk About
As Julie observes Marlene’s work is truly in a league of its own.
“My purpose is to ‘shine’, and through this, to allow others to shine,” explains Marlene.
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Marlene shares Buckaroo’s holistic approach
Marlene was invited to share her BUCKAROO INITIATIVE’S holistic approach to sterilising township dogs. The Rotary Club of Gately were all ears. Marlene’s passion was felt when she spoke from her heart. She is working to change the mindset and hearts of corporates.
Marlene stressed the importance of corporates to recognise and support animals. Animals are sentient beings that must be seen. Marlene’s message is that we can no longer turn a blind eye to what is happening. Animals are not receiving the funding or acknowledgement they deserve.
The overpopulation of dogs in areas has become an epidemic. And no one is doing anything about it…
Marlene’s message is, if we taught people that to change your heart, you have to change your thinking… we would live in a better world.
Buckaroo is dependent on public funding. Any monthly contribution is most welcome. The funds are used to sterilise, feed and provide basic healthcare to dogs and cats in impoverished areas.
There are a number of items that would make the task that Marlene and her Buckaroo team face each visit easier. Among them is the desperate need for carry boxes. Every cent adds up and helps Buckaroo make a difference in the animals lives. The donation form is online .
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Buckaroo corporate team building with Marlene
Marlene has initiated an extraordinary TEAM BUILDING EXPERIENCE for corporate companies that are socially aware. This can become part of their CSI programs. CENTURY 21 real estate has taken the lead in making a difference in dogs and people’s lives in impoverished communities in the East London area.
This amazing project kicked off yesterday to an incredible start. Marlene is working closely with companies for their Corporate social investing (CSI) programs. CSI is a strategy for implementing social commitment in a concrete way by using company resources to improve the quality of life in disadvantaged communities.
This hands-on approach includes companies experiencing a day in the life of BUCKAROO. Goals include fundraising. Money raised is used to sterilise, feed, medicate and provide kennels and runs for Buckaroo dogs. Margie Dillin and Mario Raffa owners of Century 21 and staff have committed to go the whole hog.
Initiator of the BUCKAROO sterilisation project Marlene Neumann can be contacted for a different kind of team building experience. Contact her directly on 0833213391 or email email@example.com to make a difference…
WATCH THIS SPACE for a follow up on this amazing Initiative!!
A Sense of Serenity
With the Change of Season Marlene is focusing on creating A Sense of Serenity. With her diverse portfolio you are spoilt for choice. From her original dark room range to her new Black and White images there is a Fine Art Photograph for every space. Marlene’s Fine Art Photographs hang in homes and offices throughout South Africa and abroad.
Feeling it is time to change the energy in your spaces, Marlene’s tranquil images add a beautiful feeling to your home or office. Email Marlene directly firstname.lastname@example.org for the various sizes.
Marlene at Homemakers!
Join Master Fine Art Photograher Marlene Neumann at the Homemakers Expo this weekend in Johennesburg at the TicketPro Dome… her Fine Art Photographs, book and DVD series are on sale. Her original collection of darkroom images and black and white range are showcased at HOMEMAKERS. Each image evokes an emotional response in the viewer. Select work for your office or space at home.
DATE: 22 – 26 FEB 2018. Stand No C14 & 16. Thurs-Fri 10am-7pm / Sat-Sun 9am-6pm or view the work on www.marleneneumann.com
Celebrating Life Through a Lens
Marlene’s work has been featured in the January edition of SAFAIR In Flight Magazine.
“Neumann’s collection is vast and covers a range of subjects such as landscapes, her travels, wildlife and more. One specific range that is close to her heart is her black-and-white range – a collection of provocative, striking and powerful imagery. ‘Fine art photography is about emotion, intuition and connection,’ she says. ‘I am interested in the spirit, the essence of the subject, not the colours. I want the message t has for me to be seen by the world. Back in the day I would never speak freely about the subject, I had to guard what I said or I would not be taken seriously. Things have changed. I believe that the world is seeing that things have to be integrated, the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. Black-and-white allows for all this. Colour can be a distraction.’ “
Read the full article here
Sailing into the New Year with a brand new image
Marlene is proud to launch her brand new addition to her Black and White series: River Boat. This image can be found on display in her gallery, The Light Room, at the Marlene Neumann Centre for Photography and Light.
Every image in the Black and White series is a reflection of Marlene’s intuitive ability to capture light and a sense of timelessness as well as the emotion within a landscape. River Boat is no exception! With its magnificent use of light, the viewer is brought out of the heavy darkness and into a space of light and calm where rocky obstacles are laid to one side and one is able to take a personal journey to a quiet place of reflection, only returning to the shore of reality when absolutely ready.
Studies conducted by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health have found that images of water have profoundly positive effects on the wellbeing of viewers. Spaces containing water images drastically reduce stress and anxiety levels of those who are in the spaces. The study also found that energy and productivity levels in work spaces containing images of water, and recovery rates in healing spaces containing images of water were much higher than in spaces without.
What better way to start off the New Year than with an image of strength, calm and light?
Marlene is exhibiting at Vincent Park!
Marlene is exhibiting her photographs at Vincent Park Shopping Centre in East London this week. Times are from 8am to 5pm until the 21st of December. The exhibition features work from Marlene’s extensive dark room and black and white range. Marlene’s book, DVD series and workshop gift vouchers are also available. These make thoughtful gifts.
Marlene’s dark room range consists of over 120 images. Her collection spans over a period of 30 years.
Her black and white images range from seascapes to lions. Choosing from this collection would make the perfect addition to any space.
Sky meets Land showcases the compelling photographs and reflective journey of Master Fine Art Photographer Marlene Neumann. Marlene refers to her book as a metaphor for “mind meets heart”. Over 100 of her magnificent and moving images appear in her book. More than a coffee-table book, it is filled with insight into her profound life purpose. Experience a ‘mindful shift’ when paging through her visual journey and gain understanding into your own life path. She uses the camera as an extension of herself and in that moment it’s as if the viewer sees the world through her eyes. This book is an extraordinary journey, a celebration of life and nature and the significant lessons to be found in the breath taking natural world.
Marlene’s inspiring dvd series, Capturing What People Don’t Talk About, is based on Marlene’s realisation of what it is to be ‘truly human’ and what being authentic really means. The intention in making the series was to provide people seeking answers to their own life struggles with some idea of where, in themselves, to look. From a broader perspective, the objective was to help raise the vibration on the Earth, so that people can more easily become aware of how to live an enriching life.
In her weekend workshops, Marlene teaches students out of the box thinking while pushing their comfort zones through photography . An inspiring weekend workshop where students explore a new world using their cameras. Her weekend workshops cover camera basics and the deep meaning of fine art photography. Marlene shares her wealth of knowledge as a Master Fine Art Photographer and expertise drawing on her 30 years of teaching experience. These renowned weekend workshops take place at the Centre for Photography and Light in East London. The next workshop will be taking place from the 11th to the 13th of May 2018. Early bird tickets and gift vouchers with a saving of R300 are available until the end of December, after which tickets will return to the standard price.
With this amazing selection…make your way to the shopping Centre and browse for the perfect gift!
Spring into Summer with Marlene!
Marlene has launched her summer mailer campaign this week. In this newsletter, she discusses all the things that have been happening over the past season.
GALLERY AND WORK– If you are in the East London area over the Festive Season, be sure to look in at Marlene Neumann’s Centre for Photography and Light! With summer around the corner, the garden is in full bloom and is possibly one of East London’s best kept secrets. A Perfect place to escape the silly season! For more information, take a look at Marlene’s website or Trip Advisor.
PRINTER– With her new Epson P9000 Printer, Marlene will now be able to print her images at sizes up to 1118 x 1725mm. This will make them perfect for statement pieces on double volume walls. They will also be perfect for entrance halls and board rooms because of the impact the images will have at this size. Watch this space for more news on Marlene’s Extra Large images…
MAKING A DIFFERENCE- Marlene has been giving talks around the East London area as part of her campaign to teach everyone that they can make a difference. These past few months alone she has spoken to school children as well as the elderly. Her talks have been successful at inspiring all audiences. If you would like to find out more about Marlene’s inspirational talks, contact her directly at 083 321 3391.
Marlene Neumann’s Buckaroo Sterilization Project has received some excellent news! Local vets and the East London SPCA will assist with the sterilization project and as a result, 28 dogs are being sterilized every month. This will have a massive knock on effect in the area and improve the health and well-being of the dogs that are sterilized.
Donations of food, blankets, kennels (or materials to build kennels), water bowls, leads and collars can be donated at Marlene’s Centre 8 Kent Road, Vincent. Contributions to the Buckaroo fund can be made online or by contacting Marlene directly at email@example.com or at 083 321 3391. To stay up to date with the Buckaroo Project, like Marlene’s Facebook Page.
It’s that time of year again! The Marlene Neumann Centre for Photography and Light was open as part of the Pam Golding Gardens of East London Show. There were craft and food stalls at the Centre and Buckaroo himself made an appearance. Over 15k was raised for the charity, which will go towards the sterilisation drive.
5 tips for being good at photography – and everything else
Of course, there are way more than five tips for being good at photography.
But, I’m focusing on these five for now because they seem to be such a surprise to the students that come to my photography workshops.
Technology isn’t the point
I spend very little time on F-stops, shutter speed, and types of lenses. That would be like telling a learner driver that a car has a steering wheel, a brake, and an engine. F-stops and other technical details can be learned in one lesson and the more you use your camera the better you will get at them.
They’re not what make a good photographer. In the same way, having a convection oven doesn’t make you a good cook and having a Lamborghini doesn’t make you a good driver.
Technology and technical learning, like most other regurgitated learning, do not make anyone a good anything.
To succeed in any individual department of life, you need to be good at life as a whole. And that means being aware, awake, and alive. Machinery can’t do that for you.
It’s a journey
That said, becoming aware is a journey. We are often so conditioned by society and our upbringing that we can’t see beyond the conventional. So, here are some tips about how to start waking up to life.
- Let go of your mind. Its endless monkey chatter and insistence on judging things as good or bad will block your instinctive sense of what works. Instead of thinking, listen – with your attention, not your ears. (Your attention is actually your soul.)
- Remember, it’s not the camera that takes the photo. It’s you. All of you. Not just your physical eyes. When the whole of you is attuned to the whole of what you’re photographing, the image that results will be remarkable. (The same applies to everything in life. If you bring your entire attention to bear on whatever you are doing right now, you’ll have the best outcome.)
- Be aware of essence, energy, spirit. In everything you do. Everything is energy. Frequencies differ, which is why a chair looks different from a dog. But, at its core, in its essence, everything emits and absorbs energy. If you allow yourself to tune into the energy, you will be able to capture it – via your camera and in the way you express your life.
- Reject fear in favour of love. Fear is the mind’s favourite tool for distracting you from what matters in life. Fear arises from our regrets and anguish about the past and projects itself into anxieties about the future. Photos taken in a state of fear will fail. Love, on the other hand, is not some vague, sentimental concept. It’s the result of being in the present moment, noticing with full awareness and without judging what is happening right now. That calm, soft, accepting mindfulness makes whatever you see meaningful. It therefore makes whatever you capture meaningful. What you capture carries your mindfulness.
- Let what you’re photographing come to you. Let it show itself. Which comes back to listening, paying attention. If you’re being ever so busy choosing the subject according to your mind’s dictates and you’re moving around to get the ‘right’ angle, you’ll miss what is whispering that it needs to be shown to the world. Stop. Listen. Be aware. Make the photograph about something other than yourself and the ego that wants to be praised for being the best photographer in the world. Be a servant of what needs to be shown.
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