Contemplative photography is a bit like that. We can read about it and we can look at beautiful examples of masterful images but nothing can quite replace the experience of simply going out into the landscape with one's camera, sitting quietly absorbing the sense of place and then creating our own images. Many, if not most, of our attempts will be anything but "contemplative" but when we do manage to create that icon of experience that speaks to something soulfully essential for us then we'll "get it". It will ring true and create a connection between image and thought I can only hint at in my posts. What was before concealed within the folds and contours of the landscape will suddenly be revealed to our searching heart. I know that even if I never made another photograph in my life the appreciation I now have for the landscape will be more profound because of attempts at photographing its mystery. What was once concealed from me is now revealed in stunning detail.
We mustn't worry if our photographs are "masterful" or worthy of gallery wall space. We can't give a moments thought to the "saleability" of the photograph or comments by the critics. We simply must love them for what they are...heartfelt expressions of who we have become, through our self reflection, as a person. Those reflections have revealed what now has meaning for us and that should be enough for anyone to hope for.