As a person disabled by MND, I freely admit there are days when I’m just too tired, ill, stiff, painful (or all of the above) to get out of the house. So in glass half empty terms, my photographic opportunities on those “home-alone” days are limited.
When it’s hell just trying to get up the stairs, officially that’s called being “housebound”, but I’ve always had a problem with officialdom and I don’t see myself as bound or tied to anything.
Before I had an established mindfulness practice, the thought of being on my own for long periods would fill me with dread. An interesting change occurred during those years of mindfulness and meditation – I’ve become much more “at home” with my own company.
I now love the peace of being alone and take the opportunity to mindfully do things that I enjoy, like playing my guitar, writing and…. photography. Yes I believe you can take interesting photographs without leaving the house!
A few days ago I was exhausted and had a home alone day. I set myself a small challenge: to mindfully create four interesting photographs from inside the house or within the garden. I made it into a mindfulness practice by spending ten minutes resting in the garden first, experiencing the feel of sun and shade as the clouds moved across the sky, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the smell of spring coming alive.
Then I gently concentrated on my visual sense to see what I and the box of tricks we call a camera could create.
Here’s what I came up with –
So I hope you’ll agree it is possible to enjoy creativity whatever our circumstances, and that mindfulness is a stimulus for creative living (and image making) however limiting our life might seem on the surface.
Let me know what you thought of the photographs (and whether you’ve ever practiced “home alone” mindful photography).
Be mindful, and be happy,
words and pictures © all rights reserved Miles Pilling