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Life becomes art, when we learn the art of living, living mindfully. Just as mindful living begins with taking up some kind of meditative practice, soulful living begins with prayer. Then even the art we create is soulful, as the life we are creating is.
Mindful photography I feel it is an organic development once we start practicing mindfulness meditation.
Just like mindfulness walking, or eating we can add mindfulness to witnessing the life around, and soon we'd start seeing frames, as in frames in a camera, and a life event occurring, when you do that - go click! Try observing the ordinary and the mundane...look for God in the details of your life, literally!
Eventually you'd be guided when to shoot and when not to, depending upon your energy at the moment or the energy of the place, scene or even a person, say in a crowd, you doesn't want to be photograph, your intuition will instinctive respect that! You not just capturing a moment you also capture its energy forever, no wonder people have images of holy icons and places or moments on sacred altars.
You might hear or feel, "Wait!" or "Now" at some points, listen and follow through and with each time you do so, your collaborative work shall improve!
Soon you'd feel a presence guiding you through it all taking the photograph with you, making it a collaborative feat. Creating a template that we can use to bring that same presence into all aspects of life.
It can be a wonderful way to view non-judgmentally, breaking free from our ideas of what defines picture perfect or perfect life and then transpose all the learning to life itself.
See if all of this translates to mindful choices. If yes, then it has all been worthwhile. The aim of this practice or any meditative practice for that matter, is not to take mindful or great photographs or just be meditative for the sake of it, it is to live a great life! A life is never great by itself, it is so because it has the presence of the sacred! Just as for art as in life, without soul it is nothing!
Remember, just as a photograph, a momentary choice lasts for ever, in its consequences, be mindful!
Create a life-album you'd be proud to share with your maker one day!