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Mindful Photography (Accept)

Trevor September 18, 2023


Acceptance involves acknowledging reality as it is, without trying to change or resist it. This acceptance can lead to a sense of peace, as you let go of the struggle against what is. It can also open the door to creative solutions, as you learn to work with what you have rather than wishing things were different.

You can cultivate acceptance in your daily life by practicing mindfulness meditation, which involves observing your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without trying to control or change them. You might also find it helpful to remind yourself of the serenity prayer: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

In photography, acceptance can involve embracing the conditions of a shoot, accepting the limitations of your equipment, or recognizing your current skill level. This acceptance can free you to find creative ways to work with what you have, and to grow and learn as a photographer.

To practice acceptance in your photography, try setting an intention before each shoot to accept whatever conditions arise, and to work with them to the best of your ability. During the shoot, if you find yourself resisting or struggling against something, take a moment to pause and breathe, and then consciously choose to accept what is.

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Dorothea Lange

This quote stresses on acceptance, especially of reality as it is, much like how a camera captures the world as it truly exists.