Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Appreciating the Ordinary

Anyone who wants to can be surprised by the beauty or pain of the natural world, of the human mind and heart, and can try to capture just that - 
the details, the nuance, what is.  If you start to look around, you will start to see.
-Anne Lamott, excerpt from "Bird by Bird"


contemplative photography


For most of us, photography is linked to family, friends, places and memories.  Of course it is even more prevalent these days with all the new technology.  Most individuals have ongoing access to some form of camera.  Everything is photographed and shared.  I have read that the overuse of photography could be actually be replacing retaining those memories within our own brain.  This may or may not be true.

However, photography can be an ideal tool to open ourselves to the wonder of an ordinary moment.  I had the opportunity to explore contemplative photography in a recent Creativity Lab class, monthly meetings where meditation meets creative process.  Walking the neighborhood, we photographed what our visual sense responded to, quickly without the usual concern for composition, design, etc.  Later, we each chose one photo to share with the group.  (Mine is above.)

It is surprising what arises from directly seeing... how an ordinary bit of parking lot is transformed from a disregarded thing into something intriguing, even beautiful.  Seeing with fresh eyes, I become a part of the world around me.  I encourage to you to take out the camera and experiment for yourself.  See what you discover!







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