Kim Manley Ort shares her approach to contemplative photography including exercises you can try using your camera or smartphone. We also discuss the challenges of sharing photos on social media and why they’re worth navigating.
Excerpt from her book Adventures in Seeing: How the Camera Teaches You to Pause, Focus, and Connect with Life:
“Learn to trust and honor your unique way of seeing and share it with the world. Our world needs people who pause before reacting, who focus on what’s really happening, see the possibilities, and then act from this place. It needs people who don’t feel helpless, who don’t rush to judgment or dismiss people or situations as unworthy of attention. The world needs you to see this way and your camera or smartphone can lead the way.”
Resources that came up in our conversation:
- Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (library) by Cal Newport
- The Decisive Moment (library) by Henri Cartier-Bresson
A sample of the contemplative photographers she follows on Instagram: