Mindful photography

“PHOTOGRAPHY TAKES AN INSTANT OUT OF TIME, ALTERING LIFE BY HOLDING IT STILL”DOROTHEA LANGE

I’ve been photographing things mindfully for many years now – I find it a really good way of pausing, connecting with myself in the moment and noticing what’s around me.. and ultimately learning to see things in a different way.

I run mindful photography workshops and one-to-one sessions, for people who are interested in learning more about this creative way of practising mindfulness. I co-facilitated a Mindful Photography course at Sheffield’s Art Space in 2019. Lockdown prevented us from having our workshop exhibition in 2020, so I created this virtual exhibition of everyone’s images instead.

I also held an exhibition of my mindful images in 2019 at GK Gallery in Salford – as well as at MMU’s Link Gallery – and talked about mindful photography with the Owl and Coconut, for their 30 Days of Mindful Art on YouTube.

“ORDINARY THINGS, WHEN REALLY SEEN, MAKE EXTRAORDINARY PHOTOS. SUCH PHOTOS SEEM TO MAKE THEMSELVES. THEY SEEM LIKE PRESENTS THAT WE’RE GIVEN.” DAVID VESTAL

Here’s a link to an article about how photographing things mindfully can help us to remember what we see:

No Pictures, Please: Taking Photos May Impede Memory of Museum Tour

BOOKS

Photography as an Expression of Eye, Mind, and Heart – by Julie DuBose

THE LITTLE BOOK OF CONTEMPLATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: SEEING WITH WONDER, RESPECT AND HUMILITY BY HOWARD J ZEHR

Opening the Good Eye – Michael Wood

“To me the path of Miksang is about uncovering truth, the truth of pure perception in our moment to moment experience” – Julie Dubose

Here’s a gallery of some of my mindful images:

..and you can see more mindful photography on my Instagram and  Facebook page.

“WONDER IS THE FUEL WHICH SUSTAINS VISION… TO KEEP BOTH WONDER AND VISION ALIVE, WE MUST LEARN, ONCE AGAIN, TO BE CHILDREN.” – STEVEN J MEYERS.