Meditation - and/or action - unrelated activities?
The end of year craziness is just fading and as every one of my relatives takes their flights homebound I'm left solitary again. After all the hustle and buzz time to recuperate my inner peace. Why not take a day to do nothing else as meditate. But as it seems my camera is a part of me I decided to use the camera to calm down.
Photography and meditation might seem at first glance to be unrelated activities. Photography looks outwards at the visual world through the medium of a camera; meditation focuses mostly inwards. On the other hand, many photographers tell about how photography serves as a form of meditation. They use it as a means to separate themselves from their stressful lives.
Thinking about meditation and photography, I believe that they have much in common: both living the present, both require complete focus, and when the mind is free from distracting thoughts, you see the success in the results.
Meditating can lead to new sources of inspiration, and your photographic expression will develop. It is a path to composing well-balanced images amidst any chaos. Meditating over images or the way you take them is an important way to engage with your awareness to act creatively.
Meditation is about many things under others for example about seeing reality as it is. Meditation and photography demand commitment, discipline, and technical skill. Qualities which do not guarantee to either lead to great wisdom or to culminate in a fabulous piece of art.
To go beyond in either domain, you have to see the world in a new way. You have to have a penetrating and insatiable curiosity about things. Taking images of the Arabian Sea in the early morning and trying to compose them to my satisfaction did the deed for me.