Being present in the moment
This involves letting go of distractions and focusing fully on the task at hand – taking photographs. It also means being aware of my surroundings, the light, and the mood of the scene.
Mindful photography involves taking the time to observe and wait for the right moment to capture a photograph. It means being patient and not rushing the process.
This involves developing a sense of curiosity and openness to the world around me. It means noticing the details and nuances of a scene and being fully present to the experience of taking a photograph.
This involves letting go of preconceptions and expectations about what makes a good photograph. It means being open to new and unexpected experiences and allowing them to guide my photography.
Engaging with my senses
Mindful photography involves using all my senses to engage with the world around me. This means paying attention to the sounds, smells, and textures of a scene, as well as its visual elements.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic philosophy that values imperfection, simplicity, and the beauty of things that are natural and aged.
In my photography, wabi-sabi is about capturing the essence of this philosophy in the images that I create.
Wabi-sabi photography often features subjects that are rustic, worn, or aged, such as old buildings, weathered objects, or people with character lines on their faces. These subjects are often photographed in a way that emphasizes their imperfections, rather than trying to hide them or make them look perfect.
Wabi-sabi photography also often features a simple, minimalistic composition that allows the subject to speak for itself. The focus is on the essence of the subject, rather than on flashy techniques or fancy equipment.
In addition, wabi-sabi photography often incorporates elements of nature, such as the play of light and shadow, the texture of natural materials, or the beauty of natural decay. This is because wabi-sabi is rooted in the appreciation of nature and the natural world.
Overall, wabi-sabi photography is about capturing the beauty and essence of imperfection, simplicity, and the natural world. It values the unique character of each subject, and celebrates the passing of time as something to be appreciated, rather than feared or rejected.