Walking the talk – “Venice calling”

I often find myself browsing through the photos that I took in Venice. We were only there for a week and I have to say it was the most prolific week, in photographic terms, that I’ve ever had.

Some stand out to me as personal favourites and there are a few images that I didn’t get around to using in blog posts, so I thought I’d post them here today.

If I can just get my wife to agree that our finances will allow another visit during a different season, I will be satiated for another month or so! Creating images in Venice really can be like enjoying a fabulous meal.

Sky Over Nine Columns
Evening, Sky Over Nine Columns
Money man
The money man
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast (aka – the money spenders)
Venice reflections
Venice reflects
3 blue capes
Glass artisan
Glass artisan
Heavy traffic on the Grand Canal
Heavy traffic on the Grand Canal

Don’t forget, if you enjoy my Venice pictures, there’s a page devoted to them – Venice gallery – you can also click to it at the top of the Mindful Photos web pages.

I’m going to make my images available for print order in the near future and a large part of the money made will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Venetian selfie
Venetian selfie

I was diagnosed with a type of motor neurone disease in 2013. It’s why I have more time for photography – I had to give up my full-time job working for the BBC as a cameraman and director. It’s also the reason I have switched from Canon full frame kit to Olympus mirrorless gear.

End of the day
End of the day

Being diagnosed with a motor neurone disease kick started my practice of mindfulness (trying to live in the present moment in a calm non-judgemental way) – If I possibly have less time on this planet than I thought, I want to be awake to each beautiful moment!

I’ve certainly not mastered the techniques yet but the benefits to me, in life generally, and in coping with pain and illness, have been enormous.

Gondola traffic jam
Gondola traffic jam

If I get stuck in a traffic jam like the one above (well maybe not exactly like that!), rather than get uptight, I’ll try to view the wait as an opportunity to follow my breathing. I’ll relax and get in touch with the pleasant aspects of life that are always available to us – right here, right now.

A brief mindfulness meditation.

You can even try mindfulness as you sit at your computer or laptop now – Sit comfortably and gently bring your mind back to your body, then concentrate on your breath as it enters and leaves your nostrils (when you think of something else, acknowledge the thought and gently, without judging, come back to your breath) – how do you feel after a few minutes of doing that? More relaxed?

That’s just the start. Mindfulness is simple in theory, but the mind has been called “monkey mind” because repeated conditioning makes it crave stimulation. It might jump all over the place. Eventually after practice you could glimpse the real nature of mind – calm, compassionate, peaceful, loving: Life behind the stresses and strains we impose upon it. The only life we have – here and now.

Beach meditation
Beach meditation

I hope you enjoyed this post. Soon you’ll be able to order prints from the Mindful Photos website. A large proportion of the money raised will go towards the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, so please do keep coming back.

Thanks for your support.

Miles 🙂

words and pictures © all rights reserved Miles Pilling

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4 comments on “Walking the talk – “Venice calling”

  1. Glad you like them Michelle. I’ve been enjoying your blog too. I have a strong urge to go back to Venice “off season”. I have a feeling the photography would be interesting!

  2. I loved my December trips with hardly any crowds. It can be cold and sometimes rain but December is cold and rainy where I live so why not be in Venice?

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