Lee’s fourstage see­ing prac­tice

Amateur Photographer - - TECHNIQUE MINDFULNES­S -

1 AN­CHOR

Take a mo­ment. No­tice the breeze on your cheek and any smells. Tune into your vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence. No­tice colours, lines, shapes, tex­tures, bright ar­eas and any shad­ows. Spend at least ve min­utes pay­ing at­ten­tion to what you see. If your mind wan­ders, re­turn to what you see – this is your an­chor.

2 SEE­ING

Walk at a gen­tle pace ob­serv­ing, without look­ing, for a photo op­por­tu­nity. Wait for some­thing to catch your eye. Now stop – you have be­come at­tuned to your vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence.

3 REST­ING

Re­ally look at what stopped you. Stay with the vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence, and breathe. No­tice any thoughts, ideas, ac­tion or in­ter­nal chatter that arises. Just come back to the vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence.

4 CRE­AT­ING

Con­sider how you will use your cam­era to best ex­press what stopped you. Will you need to move closer or fur­ther away? What will you in­clude in the frame? Don’t over­think the photo to cre­ate a ‘bet­ter’ image. Press the shut­ter and re­ceive the photo.

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