This week’s A Photo Study is inspired by the writings of A Karr and M Wood (The Practice of Contemplative Photography), “Photographing color gives us something to look for that will synchronize [cause or occur to operate at the same time] eye and mind.”
Photographing color is the first of their contemplative photography assignments in which the photographer is encouraged to open herself to color:
- keep a narrow focus on color
- see colors absent of identifying them as “red” “yellow” “blue” “purple”, etc.
- look at color in a simple and open way
- look at color out of context…free from association, memories, reference points, likes, or dislikes
- look at billboards as color and form rather than words and messages
- see the redness of red, the blueness of blue without superimposing anything on them at all.
- when stopped by a flash of color, let you mind stop – physically stop and spend 1/2 minute looking at the color
- contemplate what stopped you
- raise your camera and look at your perception through the view finder or the camera’s screen. Ask yourself, “is this what stopped me?”
- make any adjustments to focus, exposure, and depth of field
- release the shutter
- enjoy yourself
As always, I’m looking forward to reading your comments and seeing what colors touched your awareness. Let’s tag with aphotostudy.
9 replies to “a photo study: contemplative photography VI – eye & mind”
Great post Brenda. Thanks for bringing new concepts in photography.
As for as your question is concerned here is my answer… https://www.expresseddigitally.com/2018/09/29/a-photo-study-contemplative-photography-vi-eye-mind/
Thank you Raj. Your feedback is something that I look forward to reading. I do miss xdrivephoto.
aww thats sweet of you to say that… Well, I want to start something new in photography but just dont want to repeat what others already doing. Still brainstorming… 🙂
It’s a very interesting and creative task. I would love to try this. Today and tomorrow we shall have heavy rain fall. Will follow the rules and try this assignment on Monday.
I found it to be a lot of fun. The challenge to not label colors was difficult and after I began to silence my labeling mind, I found the red curbside label, “red.” Had to begin again. Looking forward to seeing your images.
It is rather a difficult task. Our days are so grey that I see no other colour around.
During the ending of the winter season the overriding color here is brownish yellow…then, the greens of spring begin to appear.
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