25 More Lessons (I've) Learned
36. Click Sans Prejudice

Donít moralize, pontificate, or scrutinize social issues when your taking photos for artís sake. Its all too easy to skew your perspective by having an agenda in mind.

Sometimes the best approach is a callus or an indifferent one, if only because you forgo introspective judgment that might obscure the intrinsic aesthetic beauty of your subjects.

In other words, see with your physiological senses and not with the critical mind that might blind you otherwise to something that should be photographed for its exquisite form, color and lightness of being.


Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look, don't interpret. See the light, shapes, colors, textures, Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don't judge them. Listen to the silence underneath the sounds.

Touch something ó anything ó and feel and acknowledge its Being. Observe the rhythm of your breathing; feel the air flowing in and out, feel the life energy inside your body. Allow everything to be, within and without. Allow the ''isness" of all things. Move deeply into the Now.

You are leaving behind the deadening world of mental abstraction, of time. You are getting out of the insane mind that is draining you of life energy, just as it is slowly poisoning and destroying the Earth. You are awakening out of the dream of time into the present.

~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

*a fantastik plastik example: ropeboy's S5-60-3534

*please note: the photographer and the photograph cited do not necessarily reflect the views of the lesson or any other random thoughts of the writer.

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