“In this new conversation, the word “process” refers not to the how-to and step-by-step quantifiable realm of settings, photographic rules or editing but instead to the state of being and state of mind, the intention and attention that we experience when we are out with our cameras. This “process” sees photography as a contemplative practice which invites us into greater awareness of our surroundings — and ourselves. It is an act of generosity as we give ourselves permission to be swept away in the moment. This “process” sees the camera as a companion, a witness, a vessel through which our innermost voice is expressed. This “process” does not seek perfection of imagery but thrives by simply experiencing each moment.” Shari Miller
We work with art as contemplation here at the Still Web. The paragraph above is a beautiful description of how photography can mean a ‘return to why’. The article is well worth reading but better still, go out and take a photo that embodies the words above. for inspiration, a photo from the article,
And, also from the article, a ‘photography prayer’ that speaks to using the camera to find stillness in your day:
Let go of the need for THE SHOT.
Let go of the idea of the final product.
Return to your breath, return to this moment.
Breathe in deeply, and exhale slowly.
Stay with your breath for a few minutes and simply take in your surroundings.
See more in this moment than you saw in the moment before.
Hold your gaze a bit longer.
Look more deeply, more closely.
Take another slow breath in, and exhale.
Breathe in and relax.
Exhale, let go, and simply BE in this moment.
This Daily Stillness has been recycled from previously published ones:
• #tds563 Photography as contemplative Practice (Jan 13, 2017)