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Capturing What People Don’t Talk About – a strange title for a video series

It is indeed a strange title, not just for a video series in general but for one that uses photography as an example of what people don’t talk about.

So, why did we choose this title? Several reasons.

The first is that when you photograph something, you ‘capture’ it. In my case, everything I photograph captures more than an image. It captures an essence. The essence of the subject. The intrinsic energy of the subject.

As I point out in the series, everything has energy. Everything, even an old chair or a broken jug, emits an energy. And, that energy or essence has a message for the person who becomes aware of it.

The message is usually: “You share this essence. In our innermost selves, we are all the same. We are connected. My broken edges, says the jug, feel like your broken edges. I have compassion for your broken edges, as you do for mine.”

My ability to tune in to and capture essence is what makes people buy my photographs. They feel a connection from themselves to the essence of the subject. The image reminds them of something they have lost along the way. Usually a self awareness, an understanding of their own essence.

And that’s what we don’t talk about. Essence. Whether in ourselves or others. The topics of emotions, energy (in the sense of spirit), and spiritual journeys are more or less taboo in modern society.

Sure, you can find them on Google if you are determined enough.

But, they’re not part of our everyday conversations or our daily lives. They’re not taught at school. We’re not taught about our innermost selves along with reading, writing, biology, history, and geography.

There is no school subject called ‘energy’. Certainly not as energy relates to our spiritual existence. There is no place in our lives for that most important part of ourselves – our Self, our spirit, our emotions, our personal energy.

And that’s why I have created this video series. Because, inch by inch, slowly, slowly, we wither away across our lifetime, parched and dried out for lack of attention to our spiritual selves.

About 14 years ago, I was forced to rediscover my own spiritual essence, my need for emotional expression, and recognition of the fact that energy lies at the heart of all existence. I was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and, in search of healing for that, I realised that I had drifted too far from my Self. I was not connected to anything real or meaningful. I had the degrees, the travel, the job. I thought I had everything. In fact, I had nothing.

In my search, I was stripped down to the fundamental nature of my being. That’s why the first episode of my series is called “Then there was just me”. When there was just me, I had no where to look but inside.

I found some wonderful answers to the question of ‘why me’. The answers to ‘who am I’ and ‘what am I doing here’ followed over the next few years, with my body healing as I became aware of the significance of the answers to my ability to live a relevant, useful life that benefits other people, too.

I reconnected with Life.

In the video series, I pass on what I’ve learned, so that other people can reconnect to themselves and to life, too.

I worked with many tools (books, videos, CDs) and a range of specialists in healing and essence. Each one taught me something additional. But nowhere did I find the whole story in one place.

It’s an enormous topic, of course. It’s also incredibly simple, when one gets to, dare I use the word, the essence!

So, in the video series, I try to capture what people don’t talk about in a simple format that triggers deep change in the viewer at a pace that is comfortable and non-threatening.

As I say in the series, everything recalibrates us all the time. We are not the same person now as we were this morning. Experiences change us.

The video series is a recalibration for anyone who watches it. But each person changes in the way that is most meaningful to them and at a pace that they can manage. Which is why most people watch each episode several times. Every viewing brings new insights.

If you would like to stream or download an episode – or the whole series, please click on the buy button on this page.

I would be delighted to hear your comments on the video.

Harvey World Travel Gets Back To Nature with Marlene Neumann

Harvey World Travel Gets Back To Nature with Marlene Neumann

Marlene Neumann delivered three of her large photographic prints to Harvey World Travel this week. This is part of her drive to make corporate spaces more connected to nature. Marlene advises many businesses that bringing nature into corporate spaces has overwhelming positive effects on the entire business and its staff. The Master Fine Art Photographer has been photographing nature for over 30 years and firmly believes in the positive effects nature has on the body, mind and soul. Everyone benefits from being around nature. Studies have found that hospital patients that have beds next to windows overlooking trees have faster healing rates than those whose beds aren’t next to windows.

In an article in Forbes, Mandy Leeming, a design and development manager at Interface says: “Contact with nature and design elements which mimic natural materials has been shown to positively impact health, performance and concentration, and reduce anxiety and stress. When it comes to creating office spaces that achieve this, it’s about taking the nuances of nature that we subconsciously respond to, such as colours and textures, and interpreting them. Ultimately improving the well-being, productivity and creativity of the workforce is key to the success of market leading organisations.”

Marlene shares these sentiments and this is the reason her images are often used in such spaces, as the connection to nature is so strong and powerful.

Harvey World Travel owner Rohan Pillay contacted Marlene for images for their boardroom, and Marlene found trees that would bring the right energy into this space. The images that were selected were all trees, which make perfect additions to boardrooms for the atmosphere of strength, wisdom and security that they create.

If you are interested in purchasing any of Marlene’s images for your office space or even your home, please contact Marlene directly at

Good News for the Buckaroo Sterilisation Project!

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.

There is little knowledge in the Eastern Cape of how dogs need to be treated and as a result many dogs suffer from neglect and abuse. Marlene and her team work closely with township communities, teaching them how to properly look after their animals while delivering donated food, blankets, water bowls and kennels. However, to improve the lives of dogs in the future, sterilization is the key.

Buckaroo has sterilized over 300 dogs to date, and the increased engagement from the veterinary practices around East London will help the project in a big way. The cost of sterilization is high and dogs need to be treated before the operation can take place, which adds to the cost. Dogs are sometimes too malnourished to be treated and need to ‘go to rehab’ before they can be sterilized. Often the dogs have other diseases such as mange or distemper which must be treated before anything else can take place. Buckaroo tries to carry out these treatments on site rather than removing the dogs, as this helps with the education of the community, and reduces the stress for the dogs.

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 or at 083 321 3391. To stay up to date with the Buckaroo Project, like Marlene’s Facebook Page.


Marlene Makes A Difference at West Bank School

Marlene Makes A Difference at West Bank School
Marlene Makes A Difference at West Bank School

Marlene Makes A Difference at West Bank School.

Master Fine Art Photographer, Marlene Neumann, spoke at West Bank school on their last day of term last Thursday. She spoke about the difference that a single person can make in the lives of others and in nature. Her talk covered being the change you want to see in the world, and how important it is to make a difference. “No matter how tiny you are you can make a difference in life- what you do or think impacts the world” was the message Marlene had for the students. She also spoke about the importance of nature and animals and that it is our responsibility to care for all animals.

The talk was given to the secondary and high school students- 300 pupils in total-  and teachers, all of whom were blown away, many of whom came up to thank her for her inspiration after her talk. However, the talk was only intended for one class to begin with. Once the preparation for the talk was underway, Marlene convinced the principle to invite the rest of the school to the talk.

From the teacher who invited Marlene to speak: “Thank you so very much for coming along yesterday! I really did not know the full magnitude of what I had organised! I appreciate that you took the time out to share with our learners; and we’ll be very excited to have you back soon!”

Marlene herself had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed giving back to such a beautiful school.

For more information about Marlene’s inspirational and captivating talks, you can contact her directly at 0833213391

She also runs Creativity through Photography workshops bi-annually. The course is aimed at anyone who needs a shift in the way they think and feel about photography and about their lives. Contact Marlene directly for more information about upcoming courses.


Things to do in East London- Trip Advisor

Things to do in East London- Trip Advisor

The Marlene Neumann Centre for Photography and Light is now one of the Things to do in East London on Trip Advisor! This new addition to Marlene’s online presence comes just in time for Spring, the school holidays, and the Pam Goulding Gardens of East London in October.

The Marlene Neumann Centre for Photography and Light is possibly one of the most calming things to do in East London. The beautiful garden is set under the a giant wild fig tree. The garden is currently in full bloom and is under guardianship of Tigger the cat who keeps a watchful eye on the comings and goings around the centre.

The centre features two galleries displaying Marlene’s prolific career in photography. Her Dark Room gallery displays her images that have been developed in the dark room using ‘The Neumann Technique’ which she has developed and perfected in her 30 years of capturing photographs. The Light Room displays Marlene’s Black and White photography, which she is currently producing photographs for. Focusing on landscapes and nature, these images manage to draw people in and ground them in the present.

The centre is the site of many holisitic events on the East London calendar. Iyengar Yoga classes are held in the gallery every Monday and Thursday. The centre becomes a concert venue every once in a while for International acts such as Desert Rose. Marlene herself hosts a Creativity through Photography course twice a year, which welcomes students from across the country to learn how to capture photographs with meaning. The garden is opened up once a year for the Pam Goulding Gardens of East London event once a year.

For more information on any of the events at the centre, please contact Claire, the centre manager at 043 726 1877. The centre can be found at 8 Kent Road, Vincent.

Please remember to rate the centre! The higher ranking it receives, the more people can know about the gallery and the beautiful garden.

Marlene gets a new Epson P9000 Printer!

Marlene recently installed her new Epson P9000 printer into her studio. With the help of John, the printer was set up and is now ready to print images as large as 1118 x 1725mm. Images this size will be stunning in boardrooms and homes with double volume walls. For more information, contact Marlene directly at 0833213391

Another Successful Decorex Show

Marlene has returned from another successful Decorex show this August! Marlene and her team had a wonderful show at Decorex at Gallagher Estate. Her work found its way into loving homes. If your Office or home needs a new look please contact Marlene at 0833213391

Marlene at Decorex Johannesburg

Marlene has been hard at work setting up her stand at this year’s Decorex show in Johannesburg! The show starts tomorrow, 9 August at Gallagher Estate. You can find Marlene in Hall 5, at stand J18. If you are interested in tickets to the event, please contact Marlene at 083 321 3391. The show will be running until 13 August.

Buckaroo fever hits again! Marlene has sent out a plea of help and the community responded! Over 50 people have agreed in the last 24 hours to donate a small amount monthly to Buckaroo. This money will help in the sterilisation of township dogs and reduce the amount of unwanted puppies in the area. This improves the lives of all dogs in East London! If you would like to donate monthly, contact Marlene. Buckaroo is also in need of blankets, food and kennels, which can be dropped off at the Marlene Neumann Centre for Photography and Light at 8 Kent Road.

Local Heroes: Passion for animals sees rise of township project

A beautiful article was written on ‘A Local Hero’ in the Daily Dispatch by Nonsindiso Qwabe. Help Marlene spread the word of her Buckaroo Project. The charity needs donations of dog and cat pellets, collars and blankets. Marlene needs your help to help the dogs! To read the Daily Dispatch article online click here
For more info or to donate funds contact Marlene: / 083 321 3391


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