When I read the theme for this week’s photo challenge at The Daily Post: Transient, my first thought was that’s me. It used to make me a little melancholic, like I was always standing on the outside looking in. At 37 I’ve finally come to terms with my gypsy soul. It’s in my DNA. My ancestors were vikings. What can I say?
I like some things to be consistent. I like returning to places that have a meaning to me, but to define home have always been a challenge. At least I’ve narrowed it down to the western states. I spend most of my time in northern California, and northern Nevada. That is where I am the most centered.
I like to think of the transient places I treasure as gifts, that have been treasured by so many people before me, and will be treasured by so many people after me. That gives the concept of a transient existence more meaning. I don’t want to keep the views I treasure, or the experiences I experience to myself. So I share them with my stories, and my photos. Like my my grandma shared her stories with me, as she took me to countries, and special places near and far.
This week, share a photo that represents focus to you. Are you a stickler for getting in close to your subjects and capturing every detail, or do you prefer a more ethereal look that illustrates the sensations of the moment? Or both?
I choose to share a completely unedited, in focus photo, for this week’s photo challenge. Yesterday my daughter and I went to Whiskeytown Lake, part of a 39,000 acres national park in northern California. It’s a magical place! We’ve enjoyed coming back here for years, to hike the trails, and enjoy the lake.
Yesterday I wanted to capture the mix of pleasure, and concentration on my daughter’s face, as she walked on some uneven rocks at the shore. I followed her explorations with my camera, and snapped a couple pictures. I like this one the best. Show me your focus! If you’re participating in the photo challenge, feel free to leave a link to your entry in a comment.
Google’s definition of mindfulness is:
The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something, “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition.” A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
When I bring my camera with me, I slow down. Without thinking about it, I become more mindful. I observe my surrounding, I breathe deeper, I enjoy more, I bring all my senses into the present moment. I was five years old when my grandmother introduced me to the magic world of photography, by giving me my first camera. I’ve been experimenting, and taking pictures almost every day since then. My daughter is about to turn five next month, and I intend to pass on the family tradition to her.
Is photography a tool for mindful living for you?