Something I have discovered recently using my Instax Mini 70 is the crossover of photography and mindfulness practise. Working with an instant camera is not only fun, but with the limitation of only using 10 shots per pack of film it makes you really focus on the images you're taking. You can't photograph everything that takes your fancy and hope you get a good shot - you have to find something that attracts you, pick your perfect angle, line it up, select the right setting, and finally press the shutter. Creating a coherant series in terms of tone and lighting is an extra challenge. The perks of using an instant camera like an Instax means you also get immediate results in the form of a beautiful little photograph you can physically hold - it's not just going to get lost on a hard drive. For me I've learned that this helps me ground myself in the moment - it's a work in progress but a discovery I'm keen to explore more.
These were taken on an early morning walk around Farnham. At the moment I'm getting used to spending more time on my own, so part of taking these was to quieten any anxious thoughts. I think it's interesting seeing the kind of images I chose to take - a few have the same kind of composition in the bottom right corner and I seemed to focus on fleeting quiet moments which I suppose reflects how I wanted to feel.
I've shot a couple more of these recently and it's most definitely something I want to keep shooting throughout the year.
Have you ever tried to combine mindfulness and photography?
I hope you have a happy weekend.
Camera: Instax Mini 70
Film: Instax Instant Film ISO 800