The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes

The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes

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by Andy Karr, Michael Wood
     
 

This book teaches us how to fully connect with the visual richness of our ordinary, daily experience. Photography is not just a mechanical process; it requires learning how to see. As you develop your ability to look and see, you will open, more and more, to the natural inspiration of your surroundings.

Filled with practical exercises, photographic assignments,

Overview

This book teaches us how to fully connect with the visual richness of our ordinary, daily experience. Photography is not just a mechanical process; it requires learning how to see. As you develop your ability to look and see, you will open, more and more, to the natural inspiration of your surroundings.

Filled with practical exercises, photographic assignments, and techniques for working with texture, light, and color, this book offers a system of training that draws on both Buddhist mindfulness practice and the insights of master photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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From the Publisher
“This is not your usual ‘how to be a better photographer’ book. It takes you into deeper water. It requires investigation and commitment to areas new to you. Among other things, you will think about perception in new ways. If you read this book with care, and without skepticism, it will radically expand your thinking, seeing, and photography.”—Jay Maisel

 “Contemplative photography is about seizing the present moment as one would delicately hold a poppy without shedding its petals. It is about nonattachment; one has nothing to lose and nothing to gain, but everything to offer to the eyes of the viewer. In this beautiful and inspiring book, Andy Karr and Michael Wood introduce us to an approach to photography that nourishes our spiritual life rather than distracting us from it.”—Matthieu Ricard, photographer and author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590307793
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
352,838
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Michael Wood studied photography in art school and worked as a commercial photographer in Toronto, Canada. After discovering Buddhist meditation, he began to  work on synthesizing his meditation experience with a fresh way of looking and seeing in his professional photography. He teaches workshops to photography clubs and meditation groups.

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Practice of Contemplative Photography 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
1Larry More than 1 year ago
This book is not for the beginner. It is for the photographer who has his or her technology basics down cold, and is struggling to find the scene to photograph. This book is especially appropriate for photographers who do not have an art background (all of us engineers and scientists, we are creators, but not on the art side). This book works with you to feel and see the scene before you shoot it.
ShiningStar1 More than 1 year ago
I really like this book a lot. I just started reading it and I like the approach for creating well focused and "clean" images with intention and thought. My images always seem to gravitate towards the "whole" picture and I want to be able to produce images that have more focus and intention. I like all the example photographs throughout the book which illustrate the point well. I'm looking forward to doing the assignments given in the book so that I too can create images that have a clear message. The book is well written and is clearly the result of many years of experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Open my eyes to the photography I shoot!I am reading/studying the second time. I even use for reference book.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
One doesn't have to have a special camera, nor be a professional photographer. One does have to see. The idea proposed here is that we look and not excite ourselves with the notion of capture, but be still enough to recognize what is ready to be captured. Laid out in a series of exercises, this book leads one through ways of seeing. An exercise is suggested, then the authors or their students present their photos as examples of the exercise completed. The author stresses that these photos not be modified or arranged or designed--that their freshness is dependent upon lack of contrivance. A calm descends midway through the book, when we realize that there are an infinite number of perceptions to be captured. One just has to be still enough to see. The authors kindly guide us through the means by which we can make our equipment match our perception by our understanding the technical requirements of our camera. Most importantly we recognize that we all can see, if only we would.
JCL108 More than 1 year ago
Just occasionally one comes across an arresting spate of beauty that shocks. There are photographs here that do just that. Some transport me back to the heady raw wakefulness experienced after a first long retreat (pp. 117 & 174); another is arresting by virtue of its stunning classicism (p.153), another evokes contemplative peacefulness (p.182). I could go on. It is refreshing to discover photos that awaken. A wonderful book.