Many thanks to Yin Yoga instructor and acupuncturist Josh
for the great ideas, props and overall enthusiasm he brought to our photo session last week at North End Yoga
. Josh was looking for some new photos to use on his website and to promote his workshops and other teaching. He was keen on detail shots to use in his marketing, and his yin and meditation practices certainly gave me all the space and time I needed to take a deep breath and focus on the details.
Being in photographer mode means consciously bringing awareness to the details unfolding in the scene around you. In daily life, our brains filter out much of the sensory information we are surrounded with. We practice selectivity out of necessity; there's often just too much to be observed at any given moment. After taking a photograph, I can take my time to study all of the details in the frame, but in the flow of life (or a photoshoot) I really have to drive my attention to the visual field (people, objects, space, light), while also building a relationship with my subject.
Josh was patient as I explored different angles and possibilities with my lens. Looking back at these images now, I can see all of that space, time and stillness which surrounded us, while we were focussing on the details.
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