About

What I do

Over the last ten years I have developed a style and method of photography that is rooted in mindfulness. The journey to this place has been shaped by life events that have led to an exploration of what it means to be alive and paying attention.

I offer courses, workshops and resources, for the private, third and public sectors, and the general public, that teach how mindfulness can be developed through photography. These are suitable for all levels of photographic ability, are rooted in the origins of mindfulness and influenced by its modern application to stress reduction. I am currently writing a mindful photography book that shares all my favourite photography activities to support a connection with the visual moment and encourage a spirit of self enquiry.  I plan to offer it through this website later in the year.

I keep a regular blog that shares photos and feedback from my mindful activities and my own mindful photography practice.  I meditate daily to encourage an ability to remain present with the one thing that I am doing and practice being mindful in all aspects of my life. It is a lifetime practice!

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How I got here

At the beginning of this millennium I turned 40. I was married with two young children and had a successful high level career in education. I thought that everything was great! However, I was not paying attention. Over the next few years a fearsome combination of our our striving culture and middle aged angst led me down a path of chronic health. A lot was changing and my choices were having effects that I was not noticing. Everything came tumbling down.

I took me ten years to work through what had happened and why it had happened. Through this process I began to develop a way of understanding my choices and began to learn how to respond differently. Mindfulness was at the heart of this self exploration and photography was my creative practice. It took me a while, but I eventually realised that these two important aspects of my life could be combined. Mindful Photography was the natural outcome.

My approach to mindfulness through photography is structured around the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (paying attention to our sensations, thoughts, feelings and the living we are doing/being right now) and is influenced by the modern application of mindfulness to stress reduction.

Places

My style of city and landscape photography is contemplative and sometimes abstract. I like to be out in our glorious world and follow a mindful seeing practice that uses the visual sensations as my anchor. Whenever I notice thoughts or feelings arise that are reliving past events or considering a future that may not happen, I come back to the scene in front of me. In this continual practice a visual experience will stop me. Then I absorb what it was that hooked me, before creating a photograph that represents the visual and felt experience.

People

I have spent ten years developing and shaping a personal style of photographing people. Now I accept commissions where I feel there is a connection between my style and methods of working, and the client’s vision for their photos. That may sound a little grand! What it boils down to is a leisurely chat over a mug of tea (or skype) and an open and honest exchange of thoughts and ideas.  Take a look at my previous work, my mindful photography ideas and if you feel something drop me a line.