This is so true. Taking the time to really look at an object or person, to really be in the moment and connect, is such a wonderful thing. Photography can be a type of meditation.
I haven't tried this yet but I intend to. I recently received some materials about contemplative photography that I'm really excited about. One of the exercises is to find a subject you are interested in photographing and then sit with it for at least 5 minutes before you take an image. Just look at it and observe. Let the image come to you instead taking an image. I think this might bring my photography to a new place. Sometimes its important to be fast to click the shutter but, more often than not, it's more important to slow it down.
Here is an example of a time when I spent at least 5 minutes (probably more!) snapping away at some ferns last fall, but it wasn't 5 minutes of stillness. Here I was taking images and searching for images. That's not a bad thing to do, but I'm so interested in seeing the difference.
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I'll let you know how it goes. Anyone care to join me? I'd love to see your results! Post a link to your work in the comments or share your thoughts. Happy Snapping!