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Mindfulness and Change

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Change This week I have chosen to reflect on change as I have been both buffeted by the winds of change and I am also making changes to key aspects of my life. It is not coincidental that I used a weather metaphor to describe change. As I started to write this I was considering what simile I could use …

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What is Mindful Photography?

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Mindful Photography is mindfulness applied to the process of creating a photograph It starts with seeing and extends through the technical and compositional choices towards an encouragement to align one’s eye, one’s mind and one’s heart whilst one is completely present in the moment. There is a lot to unpack in that definition, so let’s start at the beginning. Where …

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Mindful Attention

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I use photography as a practice for mindfulness. As mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, creating a photograph can provide many practices that enable us to connect with what we can see, what the camera can see and what we feel or a feeling that we wish to convey. Recently, I have not been well and have been …

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London Mindful Photography Practice

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Here are my favourite photos from a 1 hour mindful photography practice in London last weekend. The anchor I returned to when my mind got busy was ‘seeing colour’. Looking at the photos today I am reminded of how I felt when I was there. The traffic noise, constant movement and speed, merged with iconic ideas of London: the red …

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Edges of Life: using visual metaphors

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I do like visual metaphors. During a recent mindful photography practice I was walking from home to Mumbles (a three mile+ stroll) when I took the first photograph in the selection below. At the time I was drawn by the change of tone and texture and chose to represent this (in my mind) in black and white. After the first …

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Decision Making

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The moment you pick up a camera there are decisions to be made. As a photographer you spend minutes, hours and years learning the basics, developing your experience and finding your voice. Throughout this process decision making is central and yet often our favourite photos are taken instinctively, when the decision to press the shutter at the decisive moment, is …