Hafal Workshop in North Wales

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On Monday I was invited to Snowdonia to deliver a mindful photography workshop for people who receive support from Hafal. The session was part of a whole afternoon that also included creative writing and was organised and funded by Literature Wales. We were fortunate to have the use of Yr Ysgwrn a fabulously restored cultural and historical centre in Trawsfynydd, which … Read More

Who Am I Now – Week 7

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Week 7, the penultimate week was all about love. Ahh! And all you need is love, don’t you? This week was the cure for the two previous weeks, which focused on Fear. Love is the antidote to fear, both holistically and chemically. Love produces oxytocin which is the natural antidote to the cortisol produced when we are fearful. See, all … Read More

Shape of Light

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I recently went to London for a consultation with the eminent throat surgeon Guri Sandhu. I am fortunate to get to see this leader in Larynx reconstruction and even more fortunate to be supported on the visit by my girlfriend. Whilst we were there we stayed an extra night and took in a few sights, including the fascinating abstract art … Read More

Who Am I Now Course – Week 6

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This week we built upon our discussions about loss and change. Specifically we focused on fear and how this emotion causes  physiological changes in our bodies. If you would like to read all about this here’s a link to my post on the topic. One of the key features of fear is that it causes the body to release a … Read More

Who Am I Now Course – Week 4

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This week was all about the application of knowledge and skills learnt in the first 3 weeks and was an opportunity to get personal. We were all invited to consider a barrier in our life, particularly one that was current. These barriers would generally be things that we are not comfortable with and would like to be different, but quite … Read More

Who Am I Now Course – Week 3

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This week I took the students understanding of abstract photography a step further and expanded their appreciation of using photographs to illustrate how they feel. After a general introduction that discussed the use of elements of visual design (space, form, colour, line, pattern, texture and space) to influence how a photo makes the viewer feel. I illustrated how our cultural … Read More

Who Am I Now Course – Week 2

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Week 2 starts the process of considering how we can represent our thoughts and feelings through photography. The beginning of this appreciation begins with a bit of creative fun; the creation of abstract photographs. This week we considered what Abstract Photography is and I shared some ideas for their creation. We talked a little about metaphor and symbolism as many … Read More

Mindful Photography Course – Who Am I Now?

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Last Friday I started the first week of eight delivering ‘Who am I now?’ to patients from Morriston Hospital Brain Injury Service. This is the second Mindful Photography Course I deliver and the students had all completed the first course with me last Autumn. The first course’s aim was to encourage students to apply and develop mindfulness to photography. At … Read More

Prolific

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When I first saw this week’s Word Press Photo Challenge theme of prolific I was stumped. Later as I was looking through some photos I had created at last week’s first session of a new live course with Brain Injury patients (news later this week), I realised there was potential in my favourite form of selfie. I often create selfies that use … Read More

Waiting

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As I type this I am sat in a cafe drinking tea (of course) waiting for a garage to phone me back and tell me that my car’s brakes are not a problem, or more likely that certain costs are due. The waiting, any waiting, is an exercise in patience and perhaps one that in our fast paced modern life … Read More

Mindfulness in the Woods Workshop

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I recently took part in a great mindfulness in the woods workshop with Woodland Classroom led by Lea and James Kendall. We were based in Penllergare Valley Woods in Swansea and spent 3 hours following a variety of mindful activities. We met in the car park at the re-imagined Penllergare Woods. From there Lea encouraged us to be present with the … Read More

I’m hoping this makes you smile

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This photo is for you. I had in my mind that I would try and create a photo to make you smile. So when I released the day into my bedroom and saw the dazzling blue sky an idea burst into existence. I thought how could you not fail to smile at the sight of my sparkling white English legs, loose … Read More

Sunset Afterglow

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I couldn’t let this opportunity pass without sharing a Rise/Set photo I created at a mindful photography workshop a few years ago. I had booked the space, date and time in Llanmadoc on the Gower Peninsula in late September in the hope that we would be blessed with a great sunset. The reality exceeded my expectations providing one of those … Read More

Mindfulness, Photography and Change

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu Change is inevitable and yet I often hear people say, “I don’t like change.” What is it about change we don’t like? And what opportunities does it present? … Read More

The space between

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The photo at the top of this post was taken last weekend. The one lower down was created this morning as Monty revelled in the fresh snow. In the space between these photos much has happened. Sometime life is full of events, change and activity. You may call these spells demanding, or challenging. Or you may use more colourful language. … Read More

Silence

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“There is a love no one remembers” Jon Fosse In his book Silence – In the age of noise, Erling Kagge the Norwegian explorer asks poet Jon Fosse what he meant by the line, “There is a love that no one remembers”. Kagge wondered if he meant silence. “In a way it is the silence that speaks”, Fosse replied. “Perhaps … Read More

Accepting Difficulty

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Some of your greatest challenges will be in accepting situations that are difficult, situations when the world is not how you would like it to be and there’s a ‘Why Me?’ screaming in your head. I thought it might be helpful for you if I shared my current experience (which in turn will help me) in the hope that it … Read More