Try it out
TRACY CALDER SHOWS YOU HOW TO TACKLE BOREDOM IN A MINDFUL
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.