Contemplative Photography & Slow Travel
What is contemplative photography?
Go beyond the habitual ways of seeing and looking - beauty is everywhere!
There’s an inner longing in all of us to see beauty. It’s one of the first things we « plan » when free time comes our way: an outing to our local museum, a weekend getaway to mountains or the seaside, a trip to some far off foreign shore to behold something beyond what we already know. There’s a need to connect to our longing for beauty and to behold it in our eyes.
What if we could find beauty every day, in the mundane of our routines, and even in the off-putting circumstances that inevitably creep up? Could we also be challenged to experience beauty in the midst of our pain and brokenness?
Lifestyles in Provence
As a tour guide, I get to see people in their “lifestyles” as I go from one village to another. I consider this a perk to my job. Capturing simple life moments reminds me to enjoy my own simple moments. It is also one of the perks of travel; to see different lifetstyles. It opens up our senses, our awareness and, quite often, gives us inspiration when we go home to live the little things.
Whether it be a facial expression, a gesture, a look or even a bodily stance, there is a story behind the scene ready to be embraced. There is so much to see when travelling, other than the sites marked out in the guide books (or your private guide).
Take a little journey in Provence through a few of my own shots. This is my 2016/17 collection of “lifestyles” in Provence.