Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He has a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has had several books of his photography published worldwide.
As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Doug provides workshops around the world that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He believes in helping each student find their own voice rather than making anonymous ‘pretty pictures’. Doug is also the owner and publisher of Shots Magazine, a printed quarterly of eclectic B&W photography.
Doug continues to explore the notion of what is sacred in his photography and in his own life. He lives in a passive solar home surrounded by trees in Saint Paul, MN and when not out traveling the world he can be found tending his Japanese gardens, at his cabin the woods or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music. Personal heroes include Jimi Hendrix, the Dalai Lama and whoever invented the espresso machine.
Doug had a laid back style, low intensity, low impact, that left us comfortable and flexible and ready to learn and grow. Connie embraced all of the nuances of the odd bunch of people that we were…..knew locations for shooting and eating very well for our brunch, judge the timing perfectly……was kind, humerous, talented and knowledgeable. He asked nothing of us, and gave us of himself richly…..may have made the trip…..for most of us.
I had a feeling that to spend time with Doug, would be enlightening after reading his ideas about Zen and the art of photography, and indeed it was!! His approach has to be experienced….his philosophy and vision are unique…..his daily monring poems, quotes throughout the day, evening gatherings and critiques were always inspirational. I feel like the whole experience was a gift.
Doug was always there to offer feedback and suggestions-but never pushy about it-he let each participant seek out the amount of direction they wanted from him. The wonderful variety of sights we enjoyed- and the way each of us was free to explore and photograph each site at our own pace with focus on what interested us – The trip is a 10 out of 10. I have nothing but praise for the entire experience.
— M. Brenowitz
“I have taken many classes from Doug and he has inspired me in all aspects of being a photographic artist. His gentle nature makes him very approachable and is willing to give advice even when the workshop is over. I would encourage any one interested even a little bit to take one of his workshops. I promise it’ll open up you mind, eyes, and soul.”
— Heather Matson
“Doug is kind, supportive, insightful, nurturing, sensitive and brilliantly attuned both technically and spiritually to the art, the eyes and the heart.”