This image came to me while I was having my coffee break in a quiet corner off the busy A6. It was sunny and warm enough to sit outside (I know – slightly unusual in Manchester in March) and read a book for 20 minutes. Book of choice was 'The Little Book of Contemplative Photography' by Howard Zehr and I found this exercise which I just had to have a go at – so I dug out my phone, which doesn’t have the best camera but hey.
The exercise invited me to find an image and really see it – in other words – examine it, describe it: the shapes, the light, what it reminds me of.
Next, he suggested I became aware of how I feel when I look at the image, noting any emotions that come up for me.
And finally, what I think – in other words noticing the thoughts, interpretations and insights that come to mind when I look at the image.
So this is what I saw – a reflected chair, almost fluid-looking.
I felt happy because it reminded me of liquid, the sea and holidays.
When it came to thinking, I thought it was a pleasant surprise to see an object which normally seems so solid and rigid, looking so soft and flowing.
So, if you fancy a creatively contemplative coffee-break – dig out your phone..