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....
I’ve been struggling a bit with photo-envy lately - or maybe it’s more “experience-envy” - the feeling that everyone is doing interesting things and getting better photos than I am. Even if you’re not a photographer, you may know what I’m taking about. Other people, not necessarily anyone specific but "people" in general, are leading more exciting lives. I took a drive and I set a couple of ground rules for myself:
This article continues my series exploring characteristics of Zen Photography. I outlined 9 Characteristics of Zen Photography in a previous article. This article explores ways in which a Zen Photographer is intuitive. A Zen Photographer balances technique with art. There is a time to practice and a time to turn off the brain and enjoy the world.
Zen photographers accept where they are in their own vision and skill. Though always seeking improvement, they check their desire to compare themselves with other photographers and envy other photographers’ successes. Zen photographers work within themselves to create the best possible photographs they can. They acknowledge and accept natural human insecurities and negative desires, then refocus their energies on creating compelling photographs.