The Mindful Photographer: Awake in the World with a Camera (Hardcover)

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Discover your voice, cultivate mindful awareness, and inspire creative growth with photography

In The Mindful Photographer, teacher, author, and photographer David Ulrich follows up on the success of his previous book, Zen Camera, by offering photographers, smartphone camera users, and other cultural creatives 55 short (1-5 pages) essays on topics related to photography, mindfulness, personal growth, creativity, and cultivating personal and social awareness. Whether you're seeking to become a better photographer, find your voice, enhance your ability to "see" the world around you, realize your full potential, or refine your personal expression, The Mindful Photographer can help you. You will learn to:

  • - Awaken your creative spirit
  • - Find joy and fulfillment with a camera
  • - Improve your photography
  • - Express your deepest vision of the world
  • - Learn to be more present in the moment
  • - Deepen your capacity for observation
  • - Gain insight into your self and others
  • - Cultivate mindful seeing
  • - Use your camera as a tool for change
  • - Enhance your visual literacy
  • - And much more

You can read this beautiful, richly illustrated book in order, following its inherent structure, or you can dive into the book anywhere that appeals to you, following your own stream of interest. No matter how you read and work through the book--many of the essays contain exercises, working practices, and quotes from well-known photographers--you will learn to deepen your engagement with the world and discover a rich source of creativity within you through the act of taking pictures.

Seek Resonance
Camera Practice
Avoid the Merely Pictorial
Pictures are Not About Pictures
Visual Learning
First Sight; Beginner's Eye
The Camera in Your Hand
Seeing from the Body
It's All About Hormones
Attention and Distraction
Keep the French Fries
Becoming Good
Fitting into the Flow of Time
Catch the Wave, Not the Ripple
Of Time and Light
In Space
Finding Your Mojo
River of Consciousness
Why Selfies?
When to Put the Camera Down
Mindful Sight
Creative Time
Minding the Darkness
Potency of Metaphor
Mapping the Internal Terrain
What Helps?
Analyzing Your Images
Sift, Edit, and Refine
Become the Camera
Music of the Spheres
Creative Mind and Not Knowing
Trust Your Process
Digital Life
Steal Like an Artist
Art is a Lie that Tells the Truth
Use Irony Sparingly
Embrace Paradox
When to be Tender, When to Snarl, When to Shout, and When to Whisper
Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept
Learn to Love the Questions
The Wisdom of Chance
Awake in the World
The Cruel Radiance of What Is
Hope and Despair
Companions on the Way
Coherence and Presence
Wholeness and Order
Creative Intensity
Sea of Images
The Power of Art

About the Author

DAVID ULRICH is an active photographer and writer whose work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture, Parabola, Mānoa, and Sierra Club publications. Ulrich's photographs have been exhibited internationally in over seventy-five one-person and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, and universities and can be found in many public and private collections. He is currently co-director of Pacific New Media Foundation in Honolulu, Hawai'i and a faculty member at Chaminade University. He previously taught for University of Hawai'i Mānoa and served as Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle as well as Associate Professor and Chair of the Photography Department of the Art Institute of Boston (now Lesley University College of Art and Design). An engaging speaker and workshop leader, David Ulrich has inspired many people at conferences, colleges and universities, workshop facilities, and art centers. He earned a BFA degree from the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and an MFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a consulting editor for Parabola magazine and a frequent contributor. David Ulrich is the best-selling author of Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography (Watson Guptill/Penguin Random House, 2018), the companion volume for The Mindful Photographer. He is also the author of The Widening Stream: the Seven Stages of Creativity and coauthor of Through Our Eyes: A Photographic View of Hong Kong by Its Youth. His recent book of photographs, Oceano: An Elegy for the Earth, is scheduled for publication in 2022 by George F. Thompson Publishing in association with the Center for the Study of Place. Visit his website at:
Product Details
ISBN: 9781681988412
ISBN-10: 1681988410
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Pages: 208
Language: English