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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…
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Simplify your camera setup

I have written in the past about how imposing limitations can fire up your creative juices, but simplifying your camera set up can also allow a greater connection with the visual feast in front of you. Let me explain. I believe that the greatest…
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Acceptance

Mindfulness encourages you to see things as they actually are in the present moment. As the present moment plays out, you practice noticing your feelings, your physical sensations and the thoughts that flit across your mind. It may well be…
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Living well with difficulty

This post is shared in support of World Mental Health Day (10th October) Yesterday started with difficulty. I was unsettled, ragged, insecure and confused. What was going on? There was nothing I could identify as a cause. I had slept well,…
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Practice makes perfect

Or does it? There is some disagreement. It generally goes like this: if you practice the wrong skills everyday you will ingrain bad habits, not perfection. I prefer Michael Jordan's take on this. "You can practice shooting eight hours a…
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New eBook out today

My new eBook Photography for Well-Being 1 is available today from all major online bookstores. Yep, that includes Amazon (all countries) as well as Apple, Kobo, Nook, 24 Symbols and Angus & Robertson. Just click on the link above or the…
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Photo Activity: 24 Photos

Back in the day, when we only had film cameras, creating a photograph was a different experience to the digital world we now live in. The most obvious difference was that you could not see the photo you had just created until the film was developed.…
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Where the light gets in – Photo Activity

I have recently shared this with my newsletter subscribers, but I thought that at this time it may be beneficial for you all. This photo activity is a response to the Covid-19 pandemic and is inspired by three lines from Anthem, by Leonard…
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Stuck in the House 2

Something creative for you to do today.....   Photo Activity: Changing your Point of View Your aim is to create 10 photos in 30 minutes in your house. No more. No less. Use your Smartphone in Airplane Mode, to limit interruptions! …

Are you stuck in the house?

I am social distancing. Who would have thought it? Three months ago no one imagined a little virus could cause this much disruption, and it is going to get more challenging. It is very likely that many of you will be stuck in the house; either…
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Urban Exploring

In preparation for a new photography activity for my new book - Photography for Well-Being - I have been experimenting with urban photography. I am using this term instead of street photography because it has more of an urban landscape approach,…
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Weather or not

On a murky, wild day the nagging thought that I needed to leave the house was insistent. That I could combine it with photo creation was obviously a foolish idea. Who goes outside with their camera on a bad weather day? And yet...... photo…
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Cartier-Bresson was a Mindful Photographer

“Photography is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis” Henri Cartier Bresson I do love this quote. Not only does it summarise my view of photography beautifully, it has also been an inspiration for my development…
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Understanding how mindful photography can help

Over the last few years I have slowly come to the realisation that it is life that is the practice. Every aspect, every element, every event, every difficulty provides opportunity to be with how it is and respond skillfully. That is for me,…
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A Mindful Photography Practice

In my new eBook - Mindful Photography: How to use photography to develop mindfulness (published later this month!) I share 16 Mindful Photography Practices. Each one is designed to hone a photography skill and develop mindfulness. I promised…
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10 tips to slow down your photography

Mindful Photography in action Digital Photography is fantastic. Its ability to capture what we see and allow instant review has revolutionised photography. It has changed how we create photographs and how we edit them. But perhaps the most…
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Who Am I Now Course – Week 5

This week began the final half of the course with an exploration of how we are living now. Often we live attached to an image of ourselves from a few years earlier. Most of us like to imagine that we are younger than we are and not admit…
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My favourite place is right here right now

The photo above was my one of my first thoughts for an image that represented a Favorite Place. It suggests that I have been out with my camera, creating photos and have now settled to review the photos whilst consuming a quality cup of tea…
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Mindful Photography Course – Week 7

The home stretch! This penultimate session carried on with our consideration and development of mindful attitudes through photography and we started by reviewing the photos created by the students for their homework. After that we looked the…
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Zen reasons to love photography

What is Zen? "To study Buddhism is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self." Dogen Zenji OK, let's start with a definition. Or let's not! For that's how slippery Zen is. For there are those that suggest that defining Zen…
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15 tips for your next retreat

I try to schedule 3 retreats a year. These are a time when my intention is to slow down and be present. I sometimes have a goal, often something creative, but the intention is the foundation. There are all types of retreat possible, but at…