Mindfulness is a word I have been hearing alot about lately. In our world presently people are absorbed by the future, in terms of diaries, deadlines, work and social functions, childcare, etc. We are also inclined to dwell on the past. As I understand it, mindfulness is about spending a few moments in the now; concentrately on what is going on now, in this moment. Sounds easy. I have spent time on the beach in Poole trying to empty my head and listen to the waves, the gulls, noticing the light, the boats, the colour of the water and the sky. When I achieve it is so amazingly restorative. Trying to do this for just 5 minutes with out the chatter of life trying to come back in is SO difficult.
Then it occurred to me that photography is mindfulness. As I concentrate on the features of a plant or garden, thinking about what I am trying to convey in an image, listening to the birds and the other voices of nature, I am truly in the moment. I often come out from a shoot feeling both very tired and refreshed at the same time, tiredness from constantly thinking, but then, all that mindfulness! How many people can call their jobs therapy?
I have included this picture as it was one of the first nice days of spring after a long and cold winter. Taken during a trip to Holland it was like coming out of photographic hibernation.