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Embracing Mindfulness and Photography: Lessons from My Morning Walk


This morning, I decided to break away from my usual walking routine and take a mindful walk.

I live near the Richmond Lock so I went along the beautiful and peaceful path along the river. Armed with just my phone (not my trusty professional camera), I embraced the opportunity to be fully present and appreciate the beauty of the world around me.

Mindfulness and photography: lessons from my morning walk

As I strolled beneath the gentle morning sun, I made a conscious effort to pay attention to my surroundings. It’s amazing how much we miss when we’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. The familiar path I walked suddenly seemed different, filled with new details waiting to be discovered.

One thing that struck me was the play of light and shadow dancing among the trees. The branches created intriguing patterns on the ground, and I couldn’t resist capturing these moments with my phone camera. It’s incredible how a simple shift in perspective can transform something ordinary into something extraordinary.

I’ve never been particularly drawn to landscape photography, but today was different. I found myself appreciating the shapes and contours of objects, seeing them in terms of light, shadow, and shades of colour. The landscape took on a new life as I explored this fresh perspective.

collage of 4 photos capturing the sky throughout the trees.

While snapping photos, I began visualizing most of them in black and white. I imagined the contrast, depth, and impact that monochrome could bring. It’s fascinating how changing the way we see things can open up a world of possibilities.

As I continued my walk, I realized that mindfulness isn’t just about meditation or deep breathing exercises (though those are wonderful too!). It’s about being fully engaged with the present moment, whether you’re taking photos or simply observing the world around you.

By the end of my walk, I felt invigorated and inspired. The photos on my phone served as reminders of the beauty that surrounds us every day, waiting to be noticed and appreciated. I’m excited to explore more of this mindful photography, capturing moments of presence and discovery in my everyday life.

If you’ve ever felt stuck in a rut or disconnected from the world around you, I encourage you to try incorporating mindfulness into your daily activities. Whether it’s a morning walk, cooking a meal, or even washing the dishes, approach it with curiosity and openness. You might be surprised by what you discover!

Incorporating mindfulness and photography into our lives doesn’t require fancy equipment or extensive training. All it takes is a willingness to slow down, pay attention, and embrace the beauty of the present moment. So, grab your phone or camera, step outside, and start capturing the world with fresh eyes. Have a look here at the photos I took on my walk.

Related article: How Photography Can Bring Mindfulness to Your Life

black and white photo of boats shot through trees
2 people canoeing in the river
path signs: mindfulness and photography
leaves shadows on the street
texture and shapes in nature: mindfulness and photography
footbridge and its architectural shadows
details in the light and shadows
bridge stairs in the light and shadow

Curious about the black-and-white photography in this post? I deliberately chose this style to capture a unique mood and perspective. Black and white photography often emphasizes contrasts, textures, and shapes, evoking a timeless or nostalgic feeling.

How does it make you see everyday scenes differently compared to colour photos? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Fransic verso19 April 2024 - 05:52

    I agree with you about mindfulness isn’t just about meditation or deep breathing exercises. Very informative post!  ReplyCancel

    • Valentina19 April 2024 - 10:54

      Thanks for reading. Yes everyone needs to find the mindful things that resonate with them the mostReplyCancel

  • Giovanni Casetti9 June 2024 - 19:46

    I’ve noticed the mindfulness and the quest for beauty. For me both, together, feed our soul and mind. Good post!ReplyCancel

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