Zen and the Art of Photography

I’ve just posted a video of a presentation that I gave at a local camera club last week exploring my thoughts on Zen Photography.

The first is the full-length video and the second is a somewhat shorter version.

Zen photography is a mindset – a way of approaching photography – or any art.

Zen photography focuses on the experience of photography rather than the product. The image we make is very much a part of who we are and how we approach the experience of photography.

Zen Photography is a balance between the technical and artistic sides of photography.

It is about integrating photography into a well-balanced life that includes time for nature, for contemplation, for seeing all the world’s beauty.

Photography does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.

– Inspired by B. K. S. Iyengar


4 thoughts on “Zen and the Art of Photography”

  1. I wonder if this is what I do. A while ago I was out with a friend who also like to photo things. I was taking lots of photos and she asked me how I knew what I wanted to photograph and how did I get the images that are different to hers. After trying to explain what I do, she just said “I go out and look for photo subject, whereas you just see the photo before you take it.” Perhaps this is Zen Photography? .


  2. This is very, very nice, Jenn. I have employed these principles for years, without calling it Zen photography. But I believe your name for this is apt.

    One thing about envy: envy has a negative connotation. I prefer to think in terms of admiration.

    I tend to think in terms of creating calm. You can tell if you look at my blog.


    You are very good at inspiring. Please continue.

    And I love the lead photo on this post. Absolutely love it.



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