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Mindful Photography (Experience)

Trevor September 18, 2023


Experience in the context of mindfulness refers to fully engaging with what’s happening, rather than just going through the motions. It involves not only doing things, but being fully present and aware as you do them.

You can cultivate this quality of experiencing in your daily life by taking the time to fully engage with your activities, whether that’s cooking a meal, talking with a friend, or taking a walk. Try to bring your full attention to what you’re doing, noticing the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and physical sensations involved.

In photography, experiencing fully means not just going through the motions of taking photos, but truly engaging with the process. This can involve finding joy in the entire process, from planning the shoot and exploring the location to capturing the shot and editing the final image.

You can practice experiencing in your photography by setting an intention before each shoot to be fully present and engaged. During the shoot, take the time to fully experience each moment, whether you’re adjusting your camera settings, composing a shot, or waiting for the perfect light. After the shoot, take some time to reflect on the experience and savor the joy and satisfaction of creating images.

“Photography is a love affair with life.”

Burk Uzzle

This quote conveys the concept of fully experiencing the process of photography, encouraging us to find joy in capturing life’s moments.