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A Different Approach


Photographers have different approaches to the photographic process. Some just shoot on random, others have a very technical approach while still others believe in vision driven photography. One quite different approach is called contemplative photography. It’s almost a way to be very relaxed with the camera, and it certainly makes you see the world in a different light. And that’s the reason contemplative photography is a wonderful practice for all kinds of photographer – simply because it broadens the photographer’s vision.

Contemplative photography picks up elements of Zen Buddhism. The word contemplative in general terms means to think things over, but in this case it means «the process of reflection that draws on a deeper level of intelligence than our usual way of thinking», according to the photographers Andy Karr and Michael Wood who practice and teach contemplative photography. In essence contemplative photography is about how to fully connect with the visual richness of our ordinary, daily experience. In many ways it’s a process of learning how to see.

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