WHAT DO PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT US?
For almost a decade, we have been organizing photography journeys and workshops all across the globe. Watch the video below to hear more about our participants' experiences, or scroll down for written testimonials.
I would participate in AOS again and again if I could! From experimenting with Sidi Peter's suitcases of camera lenses, to traversing the streets of Istanbul with fellow photographers; I treasure the workshop as an experience that developed my skill set and introduced me to several of the photographers that I regard as friends and mentors today.
Art of Seeing is not a workshop, it is something more. It is a journey within yourself where you learn to unlearn. At the end of this journey, when you put your eye in the viewfinder, you realize that photography is more than just zeros and ones. You end up being jealous sharing this experience with others afraid that there will be no more available places in one of the coming Art of seeing journeys which you have already made plans for
This was the first journey I've attended and I have to say it was excellent. I had initially signed up because my daughter was interested in photography and I was familiar with Sidi Peters work. But in the end I ended up benefiting so much. Sidi Peter and his wife are wonderfully gracious and so inspiring. The mentor teachers were available and ready to answer any and all questions, no matter how simple. The organizers did a wonderful job of location and logistics. I would definitely recommend this to trip to all!
Amazing experience with amazing people in Granada. Started off with no experience in photography whatsoever and I have learned so much both practically and spirituality. Amazing!
This experience was different from any other photography workshop I had attended before. While teaching the core technical aspects that will immediately enhance your photographs, AOS takes it one step further by bringing a deeper meaning to photography and connecting it to the "Unseen".
A Master of the trade of seeing brought together a group of lovers from afar,
For three nights these friends gathered under the auspicious Alhambra and the hidden night stars,
Each carrying a unique mirror and an exquisite fragrance from their heart,
Guided by the light of a beloved one, Sidi Peter, who has mastered the trade of a seeing heart.
He helped them polish their mirrors to reveal some new insights to be captured by the camera of the heart,
They began with the breath and the opening of the Book, and this was the first polish of their hearts.
As they journeyed inwards and became more receptive, so much beauty was revealed,
On the last evening, hearts were joined with songs and they drank from the spring of Nur,
Some ask who are those who gather and want to learn this trade of a Seeing heart?
We are Seekers, Artists, Explorers, Physicians, Creatives,
Teachers, Musicians, Writers, Healers, Students, Young and Old,
But all traversing this unseen path in search of light and a Seeing heart.
Sidi Peter gifted each of us with a candle from his heart & a paintbrush that can be dipped into the Ink of light,
We were reminded that there is no ceiling to our Seeing and the way is always open to those in search of this light.
Insightful, mind-expanding, exploratory are some of the words I would use about the Art of Seeing workshop. I attended the one in Granada in April 2019. It was an overwhelmingly beautiful experience for me and a huge part of it was due to the people I met through the workshop. I had no idea who Peter Sanders was before January 2019. A good friend forwarded me a TRT video on Peter and I was struck by how he portrays photography. So I signed up. And if a workshop can be described as splendid, this was it. Peter (and I absolutely have to include his wife, Hafsa!) is a warm, generous, patient and kind teacher. It was truly a sublime experience for me and I wouldn't mind joining the workshop again in another part of the world.
Extraordinary teachers have a way of inspiring their students to see things in a way they didn’t know was possible. Sidi Peter has inspired me in so many ways that no small review can do justice.
With the "desert rose" song playing in the background and me excited to let the sun and the wind of Marrakech welcome me, I started a journey of a lifetime. Sidi Peter Sanders doesn't teach you photography but he opens your eyes to see, showing you what the art of seeing is. He opens your heart to not only capture the best click on your camera but he teaches you to seek for the Unseen. If you love to experience how it feels to be with someone who out of the books — in his character, in his love for mankind and in his work — do not miss this chance. AOS isn't about photography alone. Get along and experience what it will bring you.
Alhamdulilah, the Art of Seeing event in Granada was the first I attended. I was pleasantly surprised that my experience was outstanding and even better than I originally anticipated. My knowledge of photography had a huge leap. Not only was I able to learn from Peter Sanders one of the greats of our time, but I was surrounded by tutors and peers who were very knowledgable as well as encouraging and helpful. Whether you are new to photography or have been around for years I recommend this as an experience you wouldn’t want to pass up.
The Arts of Seeing Istanbul 2012 was an inspiring event for me. It allowed me to connect with other talented and like-minded people. It gave me access to a spiritual and professional photographer with over 50 years experience and counting. I was able to listen, learn and tap into Peter's unique qualities on how to get that perfect shot that tells a thousand words. The field trips allow you to practice and receive valuable feedback, and also see some of the hidden places that many would miss. Given the opportunity again, I would have no hesitations.