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Doug Beasley: Where Earth Meets Spirit

When, Where & Cost
Date Location  Cost
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Social Hour: 6pm

Minneapolis, MN
514 Studios
514 N. 3rd St. Suite 101

Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

Doug Beasley

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 hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey. Much of his personal projects, including “Sacred Sites of the Lakota,” “Disappearing Green Space,” “Silent Witness: Genocide and the Landscape,” “Sacred Places” and “Earth Meets Spirit” are supported by grants and commissions and have been widely exhibited and collected. His work has been published internationally and featured in numerous magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, Shots, PDN and PhotoVision.


As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. His workshops are held in places such as Santa Fe, Hawaii, Guatemala, Peru, Japan, China, Africa and Italy, as well as at his Trade River Retreat Center cabin in Northwest Wisconsin.


“Like smoke rising from an altar, the photographs of Douglas
Beasley reach beyond the narrow boundaries of self and direct our vision
to a larger, more expansive world - the sacred place where Earth meets
Spirit.  By pointing beyond itself, each image calls us to leave the
well-worn path of our thinking and embark on a journey, a Vision Quest.

Perhaps this explains why the road is such a prominent subject in
his body of work. At once haunting and familiar, his images invite us to
fully experience our union with the earth and the sky.

From the sacred sites of the Lakota Indians to the Mayan rituals of
Guatemala to the wind-swept landscapes of the Badlands, he fashions the
imagery of Earth meets Spirit. But he does so from ground level. With
feet planted frimly on the earth and camera held steady by masterful

-Bob Powers, Creative Director, Hanley-Wood Agency


View his Work at



His first book: “Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter,” offers insight into his journey to his mother’s homeland. His second book "Earth Meets Spirit" is being published by Five Continents Editions in Milan, Italy and will be out Fall 2011. Doug also photographs various fine-art based commercial and editorial assignments locally and throughout the world.


Douglas continues to explore the notion of what is sacred in his photography and in his life. He lives in a passive solar home surrounded by trees in Saint Paul MN. When not out traveling the world he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music. His website is and his workshops can be found at