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Film Style – a mindful photography practice

I was feeling a little dazed this morning. An early rise and ragged breathing left me with a sense of disconnectedness. As I had to take Taylor to work in Mumbles I thought I would change my routine, drop him off and then do a mindful photography…

Non Judging

This is the first in a series of posts exploring the 7 attitudes that underpin mindfulness practice. The 7 attitudes are detailed in Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn and are Non Judging, Patience, Beginner's Mind, Trust, Non Striving,…

3 steps to intuitive photo creation

Much of my photography arises from a response to my environment. Pre planned and tightly described photo creation is something I have to work at. The reason I enjoyed the Photomarathon more this year was that I did not plan each shot beyond…

Wet and gloomy

I don't have any photos of Wasp Fest for you. Shame. Unfortunately, I had to cancel as my breathing became challenging - I have now embarked on a course of steroids for relief and things are beginning to ease. Instead of driving to Somerset…
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Eric Kim on Street Photography

Eric Kim is a passionate street photographer and prolific blogger based in Berkeley, California. I found his blog when looking for photographers who combined photography with a philosophic approach to life. It was probably through some random…

One thing at a time

I am often asked what mindfulness is. Yesterday the guy cutting my hair asked. I explained, as he buzzed and snipped, that he should imagine that he was only doing one thing at a time. Only cutting my hair. Not thinking about later, or last…
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Lilies

These lilies were collected by Beci from her parent's garden (at least they get to appreciate them now from the comfort of their Spanish computer). I thought I would try and create some photos that celebrated the lilies flamboyance and delicacy. For…
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Reflecting

This week I have mostly been reading "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari. It is a swashbuckling blast through the relatively brief history of Homo sapiens, the branch of the Homo (Human) genus that we belong to. It sets…
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Retreat and reflection

Today I have escaped to my in law's cottage in Mumbles for a 'retreat'. Normally, when I go on retreat I am avoiding all technological contact, sitting quietly a lot, walking and photographing. I usually stay at a retreat centre in the Brecon…
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Sitting Group

It is all quiet in the house. Beci has taken the hound, Monty, out for his morning walk. Taylor (no.1 son) is off to college and India (no.1 daughter) is asleep in bed, practicing being a teenager who has finished college for the year already.…
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Seeing the Music

The Activity This photography activity is inspired by my friend Mel's 'Walk/Listen/Respond Project'. I have taken Mel's base rules and adapted then for my needs! My rules are: [1] Plan an album length walk. [2] Choose an album to match your…
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General Election and Mindfulness

We are beset from all sides. All media streams, from the traditional newspapers to the ground breaking social media streams, are awash with General Election stuff. Opinions, rants and justifications abound. Some of it is entertaining. Some of…
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Mindfulness and Change

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…
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What is Mindful Photography?

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…
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Mindful Attention

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…

London Mindful Photography Practice

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…

Edges of Life: using visual metaphors

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…

Decision Making

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…