Entries by leeaspland

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The Story of a Photo 6

It seems somehow apposite to complete this difficult year that we have lived through with a metaphorical photo. The original is below. This image feels like this is not only where we are at now, but where we have been all year: shrouded in a fog of information. Sometimes a small light illuminates our experience, […]

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Favourite Photos 2021

Each of these photos has been chosen for a reason. It could just be a successful creative intention achieved, or a memory evoked. I try to do this every year, but I failed last year. It was a strange old year huh?  Reflecting upon that failure, I think I missed an opportunity. Choosing and reflecting […]

Swansea Open 2021

Swansea Open 2021, the city’s open art exhibition goes live 20th November. This is always a great opportunity to see a wide range of work, from painting to sculpture and of course, photography. What I like about an open exhibition is anything goes. In that space you will always find one or two pieces you […]

Portfolios live!

I have spent the last week reviewing 10+ years of photos! My intention was to identify those photos that best illustrated my development as a photographer over the decade and share them in some Portfolios. As you may know I often use my own Four Stage Seeing Practice to remain present with the creation of […]

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The story of a photo 5

This is the story of a photo in portrait format. Not the version you see above, but the original that is at the end of this post. Most of the time I am drawn to shoot in landscape format. I even chose to do that for my recent portrait project, ‘Who Am I Now’. For […]

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Meaningness

Look at the things around you, the immediate world around you. If you are alive, it will mean something to you, and if you care enough about photography, and if you know how to use it, you will want to photograph that meaningness. Paul Strand I have, without knowing it, been on a quest to […]

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Your Unruly Mind

With mindfulness, as you practice – be it meditation, mindful photography or simply being present with the one thing that you are doing – your present awareness develops. As this happens, your understanding and appreciation of the moment has room to expand. In this moment thoughts may arise and you may notice how busy your […]

The story of a photo 4

My current overarching photographic intention is to create expressive photos. I am responding to Aristotle’s belief that, “the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” In terms of the art of photography then this leads me to create ‘expressive photos’. Photos that have some significance to […]

5 common photography mistakes

1. Taking too many photos Digital photography is too damn fast! You can take dozens of photos every second. Point and shoot again and again. You know that it’s not costing you. Sure your memory card fills up, but you can ignore or delete that later (more on that in a moment). So, on you […]

The story of a photo 3

This photo is from my last photography practice, an amble through the woods on a warm September day. Over the last couple of weeks I have been practising with my 90mm lens. On my Fuji X-T4 this is full frame equivalent to a 135mm lens, a focal length that has fallen a little from favour. […]

A Walk in the Woods

“It is clear that our bodies still recognize nature as our home…” – Walking in the Woods, Yoshifumi Miyazaki There is now much research that supports our intuitive knowing that a walk in the woods is good for us. Yesterday I was struggling a little with my equilibrium. I not only went for a gentle […]

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Urban photos with meaning

Today my practice involved wandering the back lanes of urban Swansea, with an intention. This is best explained by Guy Tal who said, “I consider myself not just a photographer, but also an expressive artist, meaning, among other things, that I wish for my photographs to convey emotions.” This I can relate to, in fact […]

The Story of a Photo 2

Today’s photo is from yesterday’s photo practice. Context first: I had some guilt around only managing one photo practice last week, but I took a deep breath, got back up from where I had fallen and went back to the practice. It’s all you can do. I fall over, I get back up – and […]

Disrupted Practice

There is a school of thought that suggests you should practice (your art, meditation, work) in a quiet, undisturbed environment. However, the truth is that rarely exists. Perhaps it is wiser to embrace the disruption to your practice, and do it anyway. I have a short tale to tell that illustrates this experience. First up, […]

The story of a photo 1

Every photo tells a story huh? But what about the story of the photo? The tale of how it came into being. Here’s the first of a new series. This photo was created on a warm summer’s day. It is born of my photography practice and a desire to experiment. On this day I went […]

Practice

I use the word ‘practice’ a lot. I use it to describe the 20 minutes I spend doing yoga and meditation each morning. I use it to describe the photography activities I do and share in my eBooks and online courses. But is it only recently that I have really understood its fundamental value. Practice […]

Creating photos of a place – Cromer

We’ve just come back from a week on the east coast of England. Cromer is a seaside town in North Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whilst we walked a good six miles of the coast either side of the town, we also spent a few days just mooching about the resort. I wanted to […]

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Generosity

Generosity is regarded as a mindful attitude. Jon Kabat-Zinn added it to his initial list of seven attitudes that are found in his book Full Catastrophe Living, along with gratitude. This post will detail what it is and explain how can you develop the attitude through your photography. What is Generosity? Generosity is defined as […]