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what my camera saw

Question: 

So....my latest submission "what my camera saw" reminded me that there are many ways of being contemplative in photography. When I first snapped this shot, i was impressed by the different colours of the wood against the dark pool of water. What I didn't see was...the alligator that stopped by for a drink, the cougar looking at his reflection in the water or the large hand reaching down on the top left of the shot...where was I when all these animals appeared? Could it be that mindfulness is intuitive? Maybe our subconscious reveals the truth about a photo before our conscious acknowledges it? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! Annie

Answer: 

Your first impression was seeing. After that, it was thinking. It's fine to tell stories about what you see, but those stories are more likely to obscure fresh perceptions than to illuminate them.

Flash moments at Night

Question: 

Do you count "flash moments at night created by artificial lighting" as contemplative? A large part of our lives are illuminated by artificial lights, and I have found "moments" -- usually shadows or reflections -- in dimly-lit parking lots or on buildings. With high ISO capabilities of digital cameras, I have captured what I saw without using additional flash or strobe light. However, some argued that it is not contemplative if the moment was not lit by natural lighting, as in most of the pictures in your book. Is there such a day and night distinction of mindfulness?

Answer: 

If the perception is genuine, and the photographic expression of the perception honestly conveys what you saw, it will be good contemplative photography. There's no reason that can't happen in low light situations, or under artificial light.