Photography = Meditation = Connection. Photography gives us a way to get away from any other elements or stress in our lives and focus purely on the moment; to be in the moment, completely aware of what’s happening right now.
Be here now.Ram Dass
Photography = Meditation
When I’m out with my camera (and when I’m at my best), my mind is quiet. I’m aware of what’s happening around and in front of my lens. I respond more intuitively.
The perspective I take on the shot is almost always automatic with very little thinking involved. I’ll tend to almost always get lower. To me, getting down lower to take the shot gives me more of a child’s perspective.
Children are often so much better at being in the moment. Life is so much newer to them. They find so much wonder in the most ordinary things. Getting down lower helps put me in that zone.
No matter what your surroundings are, if you’re just not seeing the shots, it might be that your mind is elsewhere. Maybe you’re thinking of other areas of your life that are taking up your attention at that moment. Stressed about bills; wondering what to make for dinner, etc…
Yeah man, this happens to me all the time. If it does, I’ll focus on my breathing. In breath, out breath, in breath, out breath (it’s a meditation thing). I’ll focus on my breath until my mind is quiet. Then it’s amazing, the things I see in front of my camera.
Photography = Meditation = Connection
This helps, especially when I’m photographing people. I make sure my mind is quiet. It makes it easier to be in the moment, more aware of the other person; how they’re feeling and responding. Less about me, more about them. Better photos. Better moments.
Such a Gift
I love how meditational photography can be. When I do take this approach, I not only get better photos, but it really is so grounding. Photography turns down all the unnecessary noise of anything else happening in my life. It can take me away from everything else and allows me to be focused, be aware of the current moment. So rewarding. Quality time, man.