The Book of Eyespiration
Eyespiration is a Photo Walk using Meditation with Eyes open to capture Pure Images of our Beautiful World, taken with your camera or mind, generating positive energy and happiness for its creator and its audience.
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The Book of Eyespiration - An introduction
Chapter 5. Photo Walk
You can find inspiration by solo walking. Go for a photo walk by yourself whenever possible. Lunch Walk. Early-Morning-Dropped-Kids-at-School Walk. Just Walk. I never feel lonely when I do and next to meeting nice people, you'll find great innerpeace. When walking alone, sooner or later you'll get to the point that you feel you are Meditating with Eyes Open.
Try to walk without thoughts distracting you. Try not to judge what you see, just walk. Look for nice details and intriguing visuals on your way. When you stop listening to your Monkey Mind you’ll start to use the Fresh, Pure eye. This is called Miksang in Tibetan. Buddhists know the moment you no longer judge or think about what you see, the Beauty of Life will appear. Miksang is also called mind stopping perception.
Eyespiration requires a silent mind. Therefore I prefer the word Mind-Emtpy-Ness to MindFullNess. If you can silence your jabbering Monkey Brain, you will open up the mind, body and soul to receive positive, calming energy just by Seeing the Beauty of Life. The moment you See a beautiful composition, you will Be in the Moment. The Eyespiration Moment or E-moment. When you are in this state, you See.
You have learned how to create a beautiful composition with your camera in the previous chapters. If you do not want to take photograps, you can also take a mind picture. Now let’s go outside to create an E-moment!
San Francisco Bay Trail, a great track from Golden Gate Bridge to Fort Mason
When walking I passed the white houses and noticed the sky, palm trees and people. But: I also noticed the shadow of the palm tree on the wall. To create the photo on the right I picked the best point of view and cropped all unnecessary elements from the final image. E-Moment!
If I like a place, I like to hang out for a bit, letting it all in. I try not to judge what I see, just let emotions guide me. Like when you are waiting in line, try not to judge what's happening. [Why isn't this queue moving] Everywhere you go there's something worthwile to See. But you have to make sure you silence your brain. Try to Meditate with Eyes Open. Be in the Moment, See.
Remember, you don't always have to take a photo. If you are at a place and you See something but cant reach for your camera quick enough, make a mind picture. Just experience the beauty of that Moment. Enjoy Life.
Eyespiration Prompt: Use Shadow
A shadow always adds something mysterious to your photo. Use the light. Not only the sun creates shadows, also an indoor lamp can. Look around you, up and down. Play with shapes.
- Best time of day: early morning or late afternoon
- Isolating a shadow too much can be boring
- Use lamp light
- Often a photo with a shadow tells a story in one image
- Don't forget to look behind you