Little Book of Contemplative Photography

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In this book, restorative justice pioneer and professor, Howard Zehr, offers busy professionals an opportunity to slow down, heighten their imaginations, and renew themselves, all while exploring the world of photography.

Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr is also an accomplished photographer. He begins his latest book with a confession—"I have written this book in part to encourage myself to slow down, to heighten my imagination, to renew...

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Overview

In this book, restorative justice pioneer and professor, Howard Zehr, offers busy professionals an opportunity to slow down, heighten their imaginations, and renew themselves, all while exploring the world of photography.

Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr is also an accomplished photographer. He begins his latest book with a confession—"I have written this book in part to encourage myself to slow down, to heighten my imagination, to renew myself while I gain a new view of the creation and the creator."

With this book, Zehr makes a gift to anyone who would like to couple photography with seeing and thinking more deeply. In each chapter he offers a Purpose, a Problem, and an Activity with a camera in order to "practice mindfulness."

You'll not need a fancy camera, but if you have one it won't hurt. Zehr's chapter-by-chapter exercises are aimed at heightening visual awareness and imagination—all while doing good and working for justice.

A title in The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561484577
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 82
  • Sales rank: 826,793
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Zehr is widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice.” Since 1996 he has been Professor of Restorative Justice at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, an international graduate program for justice and peacebuilding practitioners.

Howard has published several other portrait/interview books including Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences and Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims (both with Good Books).

He has authored numerous other books and publications; best known are The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Good Books) and Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice.

He is a frequent speaker and consultant on justice issues in North America and internationally.

Zehr has also worked professionally as a photographer.

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Table of Contents

1 Getting Started 3
Why this Little Book? 3
About this book 5
Equipment and knowledge 6
Journaling 9
Exercise: "Tuning Up" our eyes 10
Exercise: I see/feel/think 12
2 Changing Our Lens 14
Exercise: Photograph without viewfinder 19
Exercise: Receiving an image 21
3 Practicing Mindfulness 23
Hindrances to receptivity 25
Exercise: Exploring the ordinary 27
Exercise: Break the rules 29
4 An Attitude of Wonder 31
Exercise: Exploring abstraction 36
Exercise: Finding mystery in the familiar 38
5 Seeing the Light 40
Characteristics of light 41
Exercise: Playing with light 48
Exercise: Meditating with light 50
6 Exploring Metaphor 52
Exercise: Finding metaphors 57
Exercise: Exploring your metaphors 59
7 Making Meaning 61
Exercise: Where is the energy? 66
Exercise: Disciplined seeing 68
8 With Respect and Humility 71
Exercise: Taking stock 73
Endnotes 77
Readings and Sources 81
About the Author 82
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