Zen Photography Part IV: Capturing tranquility

In a world that is constantly moving, it’s so refreshing to take a step back and appreciate the peace that can be found around us. Photography is the perfect way to capture this peacefulness like preserving this one moment of calm forever. In this part of the Zen Photography series, I’ll explore the art of capturing tranquility in photography. 

Capturing the moment

I am often told that my photos are incredibly calm and peaceful. I must admit, when I take photos, I have no intention to create a calm photo. Because every time I take the camera or my iPhone to shoot, I try to capture the moment that feels true and real to me.

So how is it possible then to capture a feeling of tranquility? Sure, I could start now with photographic techniques like composition, colors, etc… But that’s nonsense and has nothing to do with calm photography for me. 

I believe that if a photo is taken with a restless mind, the photo itself becomes restless.

I believe that if a photo is taken with a restless mind, the photo itself becomes restless. Only those who take a photo with a calm mind are able to transport this feeling in their photos.

Slow down. Stop searching for more. Search the nothing. Shoot only for yourself, not for others. Become a beginner. Breathe. Stop comparing yourself. Detach yourself from the “perfect”. Open your eyes and notice the moment with mindfulness. As it is, not as you would like it to be. Don’t look for the perfect subject, because there is no such thing.

The right moment that wants to be captured will find you. Take this feeling and you will capture moments of tranquility.

© Cover image by me – Sarah Dorweiler

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