Now, it made me think of the subtly shifting perceptions we have as contemplative photographers. Our mood, and therefore, our visual perceptions, changes from day to day even moment to moment. When you are in a particular "dark place" you will see, perhaps unconsciously, images that speak to that dark place. This is actually a good thing. Contemplative photography should speak to all of you; not just the sunny, happy you.
So much of contemplative photography comes from a sub-conscious level. We are often completely unaware of it until we sit with our images and really look at them.
To get back to my little students looking at clouds...I remember asking them, "what made the clouds move?" Of course they said the wind but then I asked them what made the wind move? Then their unfetter imaginations kicked in and I got answers like "angels beating their wings" to "it's just magic!" Ah, to be a six year old on a summer day!
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. -W.B. Yeats