Entries by leeaspland

Tree

Funny this word should come up today as the WordPress prompt. Last night I dreamt that I was walking along a path with friends and found a young tree in my hands. I turned to my friends and passed it to them. They dropped it and it lay abandoned on the floor. Those of you […]

Blue sky thinking, feeling and seeing

A Mindful Photography practice I saw the sky and I could not resist: a one hour mindful photography practice with blue sky as the theme. Every photo created to have blue sky in the frame, either as the background, feature or reflection. It is a stimulating practice to limit your creative options. By choosing one […]

Fragile

I was reminded today of the fragility of life. You would think that after a few life experiences that have demonstrated that it is a truth, I would have it at the forefront of my mind. But the idea that we are immortal is tenacious. We carry on through our busy lives, racing from one […]

My Peg Talk

Three months ago I gave a talk at the now locally famous Peg Talks. These talks are by Swansea people who have an interesting story to tell and occur every 6 weeks or so at the Square Peg Cafe. If you live in Swansea or close and have not been yet then I encourage you […]

Still Point

There is a still point between the in breath and the out breath. And another between the out breath and the in breath. Each is milliseconds in length. Each is a time when the world is in balance. You may not be aware of their arrival and passing. But they are always there, always available. […]

Mirror of my soul

It doesn’t take much encouragement to get me to create a selfie. Not only is it a genre I regularly explore, I’ve also done a monthly photo project with FB friends (Beyond the Selfie) and I am just about to write the last chapter of my book about Mindful Photography; and that’s all about me! […]

Plop

I have been occasionally following the post topic suggestion from Word Press. When today’s topic of ‘Plop’ plopped into my inbox it was directly after another email, one of rejection, from a public sector provider and the word seemed entirely apposite. Rejection is a common part of any artistic endeavour. When I first started as […]

Faye and Jamie’s Wedding

I recently had the pleasure of being asked to be the photographer for Faye and Jamie’s wedding. I have known Jamie most of his life as the son of my good friend Simon, who I have known for many years longer. The wedding was held in the heart of deepest Sussex and we were blessed […]

Mindful Photography for life’s difficulties

I am currently immersed in re-writing and editing my resources for my forthcoming online course on Mindful Photography. Apart from honing my ideas and explaining how photography can help you to develop a mindful approach to life I will be sharing more than 20 mindful photography practices. Each one of the practices is an activity […]

Writing Retreat

I have just got back from a few days in the glorious English countryside; Holton in Somerset to be precise. This is a small little village about 7 miles from Wincanton. Not that I was actually in the village. I was about 1/2 mile outside the metropolis, house and pet sitting. My main charge was […]

Mindful Photography Walking

Once a week I intend to get out with my camera and do a mindful photography practice. This involves walking with my camera, following the 4 Stage Seeing Practice – always returning to the visual feast before me when my mind drifts off – and then creating a small set of photos that reflects that […]

A little practice

Usually when I deliver a workshop I do the activities whilst the students are out and about creating their own photos. This idea that everybody in the room does the activities provides a common reference point for discussion later when we feedback our favourites. But it does mean that only one or two of the […]

Mindful Photography Workshop – Swansea Carers

Today I delivered a Mindful Photography Workshop to participants of Swansea Carers. We were fortunate that the morning was bright and dry, which allowed everyone to get out and about the SA1 area of Swansea – a great venue for a photography workshop. My main intention of the session was to slow people down and […]

Mindful Photography Workshop – Swansea

My last workshop was at the 360 Café in Swansea at the weekend. The theme centered upon the application of mindfulness to all the thinking that can swamp us as we are preparing to create a photograph. Mindful Photography means the application and development of mindfulness through photography. The first stage is using what we […]