Try it out

TRACY CALDER SHOWS YOU HOW TO TACKLE BORE­DOM IN A MIND­FUL

In the Moment - - Creating -

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY CHAL­LENGE

Se­lect a sub­ject you con­sider ‘bor­ing’, or that you are over-fa­mil­iar with. This could be a light switch, bin or drain cover...

Ask your­self why you nd this ob­ject bor­ing. Per­haps it’s the as­so­ci­a­tions you have with it – a vac­uum cleaner, for in­stance, might con­jure up thoughts of house­work that needs do­ing.

Look at the ob­ject from ev­ery an­gle: side, above, be­low. Trace its con­tours with your ngers. Look at how the light falls on it. Con­sider the ob­ject as though you were dis­cov­er­ing it for the rst time.

Think about whether you want the ob­ject to be recog­nis­able, or whether you want to cre­ate an ab­stract im­age.

When you feel that you have com­pletely ex­plored the ob­ject, and you ex­pe­ri­ence a de­sire to move on, stay with it, and look some more. If you get stuck, close your eyes and open them again, mak­ing a men­tal note of the rst things you no­tice.

When you nd some­thing that ap­peals to you, put your cam­era down for a mo­ment. Now pick it up again and use it to care­fully ex­press the new per­cep­tion you have found of your cho­sen ob­ject.

Tracy Calder is fea­tures edi­tor at Ama­teur Pho­tog­ra­pher mag­a­zine and also runs mind­ful pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops (see page 79). Her beau­ti­ful im­ages have ap­peared on the walls of The Pho­tog­ra­phers’ Gallery and The Na­tional Por­trait Gallery in Lon­don.

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