“Our mind is a painter, it paints all kinds of wonderful things, which are nothing more than the objects of our imagination. We create images to love, to crave, to be angry with, and to hate. It is our mind, our perceptions, that create these images. All perceptions are wrong perceptions. If a perception is not wrong, we call it understanding or wisdom.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh (The Other Shore)
I am a drop of dew Hanging from a leaf Yet I am not unrestful For on this branch I seem to have existed From before the birth of the world.
~ Izumi Shikibu (Diaries of court Ladies of Old Japan)
Image for week 1: Story Telling: Self-Portrait (take a picture that tells us who you are, without actually showing your face) submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52 week photography challenge
This week’s photo study was inspired by Howard Zehr, (Contemplative Photography seeing with wonder, respect, and humility). He invites us to consider,
“… how we might use the medium of photography to stimulate our imaginations, to develop our intuitive and aesthetic sensibilities, to gain new insights. …to stop and look and be refreshed. In order to do this, [he] asks us to ‘re-image’ how we envision and carry out photography.
“Rarely do we spend enough time with an image to ‘mine’ all of its visual, emotional, and spiritual potential. Rarely are we aware of its impact on the emotional as well as the intellectual level. Too often our tendencies to judge and evaluate get in the way of appreciating what we see.”
Discipline yourself to make at least one photograph each day.
Once a week, spend at least 10 minutes with one of the photographs.
As you do, consider three topics in this order: I see — describe each object, each detail, the light, etc., Then associate: what are you reminded of by the shapes, juxtapositions, etc. I feel — What do you feel as you look at the image? I think — Interpret and analyze.
Keep a journal about this and any insights you gain.
“The practice of contemplative photography does not end when you finish shooting… The first thing you should do after [photographing] is spend some time with each of your images. Try to see which ones work and which do not. Don’t be in a hurry to delete the ones you don’t like, but try to learn from them. See if you can remember what was going on in your state of mind when you [pressed the shutter].” ~ A Karr & M Wood (The Practice of Contemplative Photography)
I am looking forward to seeing your image that was inspired by Howard Zehr’s photo assignment. Let’s tag with #aphotostudy.