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Developing Mindfulness through Photography

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Mindful Photography is mindfulness applied to the process of creating a photograph Mindful Photography is mindfulness developed through photography. It starts with seeing clearly and extends through the technical and compositional choices, towards an encouragement to align your eye, your mind and your heart whilst you are completely present. There is a lot to unpack in that definition, so let’s …

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Mindful Photography for life’s difficulties

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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 designed to either apply mindfulness …

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Develop mindfulness through photography

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My thoughts of late have been much around how I can share more effectively what I have developed. It has taken me 55 years of living, a couple of years of development, an online course, live workshops and some significant life events to really bring my thinking on delivering mindfulness through photography – or Mindful Photography as I usually call …

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Mindful Photography Walking

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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 experience. More often than not …

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Mindful Photography Workshop – Swansea Carers

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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 root them in the visual …

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Photography Workshop – 28th May

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My next Mindful Photography Workshop is at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea on Saturday 28th May 2016. This is a fun three hour event that will expand the way you see. You will develop a mindful practice that will help you be totally present when taking photographs and encourage you to align what you see with your mind and …

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Teaching photography

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I have had a few careers, but the skill perhaps that I am happiest sharing is teaching. Over the years I have taught many subjects, some I knew lots about, others I was a couple of weeks ahead of the students (teaching Word Perfect in 1986!) I am now fortunate enough to be teaching photography; through this website, at workshops …

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Eric Kim on Street Photography

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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 google search combining photography and zen, and Eric tumbled out. Eric’s blog is a well of wisdom for the street photographer and is …

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What is Mindful Photography?

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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 whilst one is completely present in the moment. There is a lot to unpack in that definition, so let’s start at the beginning. Where …

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Developing a Project #WAIN

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Over the last two years I have been working freelance and my working world has become entirely a project driven world. Creative learning projects with the Arts Council Wales, Mindful Photography Courses with the Brain Injury Service and my own photography projects. Each one has followed a similar pattern and I love it. The advantage of project work as I …

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My Path

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“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads.  Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia De Castro I have been a little preoccupied of late. Very busy living life; fulfilling commitments, completing tasks. It leaves little room for reflection and contemplation. As a consequence my blog posts have echoed …

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This much I know

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I was tempted to leave this paragraph blank! For whilst it seems that wisdom may be acquired as one lives through life experiences, I often feel that the longer I live the less I know. Perhaps I am confusing knowledge with certainty. Maybe it is not that I know less, more that the certainty of youth is replaced by a …

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Plop

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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 a photographer trying to gain …

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Acceptance

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This is the fifth 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, Acceptance, Non Striving, and Letting Go. Each article will be a personal reflection about that attitude, both from the perspective of mindfulness generally …

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Five Tips to cope with your Busy-ness

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Were all busy, all of the time. That’s modern life for you. Work, fun, kids, family, friends, things going wrong…..the list rumbles on. How do you cope when it all gets even busier? When your busy life becomes overwhelming busy-ness? Over the last month I have had my busiest period since I went freelance. Being super busy is more than …

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Evolution

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The feeling of an evolution is a constant for every artist who is pursuing the search of refinement and enlargement of his/her own means of expression. Andrea Bocelli Living a mindful life encourages an attention to the moment, a paying attention that inspires the development of skillful responses to difficulty rather than an habitual reaction. The wisdom that underpins this …

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I’m a Square Peg

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“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race …