I’m going to write more about contemplative photography and unravelling what it means. How it can enrich your life and your creative practice, no matter what that is. How it can help to infuse more soul into your work. How it can help to develop your visual sensibilities and enhance the quality of what you do.
Its just like any other contemplative practice, a very personal experience. But the inklings I am following for 2015 suggest that my own developing practice might be something worth sharing. I’d love to know if there are questions you would ask about either improving your photography or about a contemplative approach to photography? Just leave a comment with your thoughts or questions and it will help me greatly in knowing where to begin with this…..or even if to begin!
Light is everything, and I once spent a full year studying nothing else. It is a wonderful starting point for observation; for seeing everything with new eyes. These rare icy mornings can be overcast and misty. But sometimes there is a delicious combination of ice and sunlight which creates little rainbow coloured bubbles. Known in photography as bokeh, it’s from a Japanese word meaning blur or haze.
Today it’s like the morning sun just spread handfuls of silvery bokeh glitter on everything…..
These photos were taken at ground level with a fully open aperture and very particular conditions that don’t happen around here too often. That moment when the ice softens and the moisture picks up the light just enough to shine.
If you are interested in beginning a photography practice then start by studying light. Where the sun rises and sets. How subjects alter at different times of the day. The way the seasons influence the shadow falls on the landscape. How light falling softly on a child’s face creates a special radiance.
Meanwhile in the spirit of contemplative photography look out for what is going on around you and above all else open your heart to it……