This week’s A Photo Study is inspired by the writings of A Karr and M Wood (The Practice of Contemplative Photography), “Photographing color gives us something to look for that will synchronize [cause or occur to operate at the same time] eye and mind.”
Photographing color is the first of their contemplative photography assignments in which the photographer is encouraged to open herself to color:
- keep a narrow focus on color
- see colors absent of identifying them as “red” “yellow” “blue” “purple”, etc.
- look at color in a simple and open way
- look at color out of context…free from association, memories, reference points, likes, or dislikes
- look at billboards as color and form rather than words and messages
- see the redness of red, the blueness of blue without superimposing anything on them at all.
- when stopped by a flash of color, let you mind stop – physically stop and spend 1/2 minute looking at the color
- contemplate what stopped you
- raise your camera and look at your perception through the view finder or the camera’s screen. Ask yourself, “is this what stopped me?”
- make any adjustments to focus, exposure, and depth of field
- release the shutter
- enjoy yourself
As always, I’m looking forward to reading your comments and seeing what colors touched your awareness. Let’s tag with aphotostudy.