Focus on Photography

Free event! The next Photo Walk with Chris Baldwin is October 13th 2pm at Springbank Park. Meet at the Storybook Garden Parking lot.

We all want to keep the brain sharp, improve memory and realize our full creative potential as we age. Time spent in the fresh air helps to de-stress as well.

Our Creative Age Photo Walks combine outdoor activity with creative digital photography skill-building. Many members create photo journals using smart phones and tablets for sharing on Instagram.

An article published by Dr. Denise Park, lead researcher, co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity, and Distinguished University Chair at UT Dallas, describes the Synapse Project. The project tested how participation for several months in one of several learning or social environments might improve aspects of mental function.

Participants committed to do prescribed activities prescribed for 15 hours a week for three months – the activities were all fun, everyday things, but they varied in degrees of difficulty.

The researchers compared people who learned complex quilting skills and/or digital photography, to people who only participated in a social club or did passive, easy tasks, like playing cards, games of chance or listening to classical music at home.

“Only the quilting and photography groups, who were confronted with continuous and prolonged mental challenge, improved their memory abilities,” Park said.

Daily photo journaling also provides an opportunity to create a new life narrative and engage in storytelling with a supportive creative community. The “creative agers” in our local network form new communities of interest, and new opportunities for experiential learning, friendships and healthy outdoor excursions.

Join October 13th Photo Walk with Chris Baldwin. Chris has led group Photo Walks and mentored beginner photographers through our Creative Age Programs for several years. After leaving a career in manufacturing production management, Chris decided to pursue his interest in photography. In 1985, some serious health and emotional set-backs motivated Chris to devote more time to his health doing creative activities with people he loved.

In 2011, Chris started Chris Baldwin Photography and he’s been a full-time photographer ever since. His clients are referred by word of mouth. Normally, every photographer will find a niche. Chris photographs horse barrel-racing and weddings. He’s now spending more time playing with light – doing art photography.

Chris says “Photography is everything” at this stage of his life. He’s made incredible friendships based on common interests and he’s learning something new every day. Chris also says living with cancer has done a lot for him. He makes sure he spends every day with his priorities and values in mind. We admire Chris’ talent, friendship and amazing attitude.

Chris Baldwin Photography Instructor