ZEN TIP TUESDAY #29
A big welcome to Suzanne Vosbikian, another fellow mid-life blogger who I’ve met virtually via Sue & Leanne‘s ‘Mid Life Share the Love‘ linky (#MLSTL) that takes place every Wednesday. Suzanne is sharing with us how photography brings some zen into her life. This is something I can very much relate to, as photography has the very same affect on me. You can find out more about Suzanne and how to connect with her in her Bio at the end of the post.
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Photography is a creative outlet that I use for self expression and to capture life as it happens. I am always the one lagging a bit behind the tour group, stepping into busy streets because I’m too busy looking up, getting lost, or shouting, ‘honey, stop the car.’ When something catches my eye, I am compelled to take a closer look. Lines, textures, color, light, contrast, movement, stillness and detail are all intriguing elements to me. I see beauty in everything from a craft cocktail in a pretty glass to a rusty old truck sitting in a field.
My sense of looking at the world differently came long before my interest in photography, but when I realized how seamlessly they fit together, I knew I had discovered the perfect respite for my soul. Photography isn’t just my hobby, it is also my Zen.
I love capturing images of people, nature, landscapes and architecture. The Atlantic Ocean, which is about twenty minutes from home, is a favorite subject in my photographs. I spend time checking tide charts, wind speed and weather radar in order to plan for conditions. Cloudy days are the best, since too much sunlight will wash out the photographs, but sunsets are often beautiful and create incredible colors. Nature is full of surprises, and whatever I encounter is fully appreciated.
Like painting, poetry, or other artful pursuits, photography is mostly a solitary hobby. There is a reflective, contemplative component inherent in the process and I enjoy the time spent communing with nature, as I patiently await my reward.
Sometimes the reward is a good photograph, and sometimes it is simply a few moments to pause, take slow breaths and anticipate joy. Either way, I feel satisfied.
You don’t need to look through the lens of a camera to appreciate beauty and have a Zenful moment. All that is required is to set aside preconceived notions, free oneself from negative thoughts, look at things from a different perspective, and practice patience. Reality smacks us squarely in the face every single day, but taking just a few minutes to reflect on all that is beautiful will help you face your reality with renewed energy. What’s your Zen?
Suzanne is the author of Picture Retirement. She writes about travel and retirement life with her husband of thirty-two years. They live in South Florida, USA.
Here’s where you can connect with Suzanne: