Guided by the Eye: Walking with a camera allows us to experience the world visually. It’s a chance to turn off the noise that usually crowds our brains and be completely present in our surroundings; an opportunity to be guided by our eye—our visual intelligence. The eye finds images without conscious direction from the brain. When we slow down and look, we find previously un-noticed moments of connection, beauty and abundance. This perspective can be harnessed to enrich our experience and counteract everyday stresses in our busy and complex lives.
Originally from London, Victoria has lived in Long Beach since 1985. Throughout her career, Victoria has integrated photography into her professional life in theatre, drama therapy, television, arts education, and arts administration. In addition, she mentors others in the practice of photography for artistic and personal growth, and visual appreciation. Currently, Victoria is an instructor at Cal State Long Beach, where she teaches in the School of Art and the College of Education. From 1978 to 2001, she co-founded and co-directed STOP-GAP Theatre, providing a network of educational and therapeutic theatre programs throughout Southern California. Victoria holds a PhD from The Drucker School of Management; her dissertation research investigated the relationship between theatres and their audiences. From 2014 to 2016, Victoria was the Executive Director for the Arts Council for Long Beach.