How I use photography for mindfulness
The field of psychology is increasingly recognizing the effect of mindful photography on one's emotional state and overall wellbeing. In this slideshow, four individuals share their photographs and how capturing them has been a meditative process for them.
"My Zen approach to photography" - Mayur Channagere
This is my Zen approach to photography:
BE: I take a moment to ‘be’ and absorb the surroundings and visualize the frame I want to capture. I also look at the different perspectives of the same image once you are familiar with the surroundings.
DO: Compose your picture in your mind. Then try to see this image through your viewfinder.
HAVE: Capture the moment. Once you capture don’t look at the image immediately.
"I try to be a witness of my thoughts" - Nitesh Batra
I have found that awareness rises most when we become a witness of our thoughts and not get absorbed in them. I try to bring this practice while taking pictures. I try to be an observer and not get too absorbed in what I see. Being a witness of history for that brief moment is like focusing on breath during meditation where I forget everything and am just an observer only. Photography becomes my meditation.
This photograph titled, "Freedom through Happiness" was taken on an early morning in June 2017 at Gateway of India, Mumbai.
"The photos help me appreciate life more" - Joyjit Mukhopadhyay
The mountains according to me, are the best place for a troubled mind. It's the one place where you are guaranteed to find peace and tranquility. You can't help but appreciate everything around you and it makes you realize how insignificant you and your problems are. When I am back in the city, busy with work, these photographs help me appreciate life even more, that I had the chance to travel and see such beautiful landscapes.
"It helps me clear my head" - Gopal MS (Mumbai Paused)
I often curl into a bundle of nerves when I expect a busy day at work or if I have to meet people I don’t know or I am anxious about. It’s not a pleasant situation to be in. I used to fight with this for years. I owe it to photography for helping me come to terms with this paralysis. I do street photography and walk about for an hour, off my usual route. By the end of the walk, I have calmed down and can rearrange my thoughts and I have a few images in my camera. Here is a photograph I shot, on one such day, recently.