Tuesday, October 2, 2012

PhotoTao Cards #3 - Wu Wei

Card #3

Wu Wei
Learn to not interfere with life.  Stay out of way
and allow life to come to you.

- Exercise -
Find a bench in a park or some place to just sit
 and wait.  Photograph only what comes your way.
This is a great exercise to practice while waiting at 
an airport!  Avoid the temptation to get up and
"chase the shot"...let it come to you. Be Patient!

   Sometimes, I put my camera on the table and periodically release the shutter.  I turn it occasionally but I don't "frame" the shot in any way.  It's set on automatic exposure of course.  The photograph on the right was taken that way at the cafe in Shannon airport in Ireland.

 Another dimension of Wu Wei is allowing for the spontaneity of the moment...especially when you travel.  It is so important not to over plan your time and rigidly adhere to agendas.  The Sufi poet Rumi has a lovely way of putting it...

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange
pull of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray." 


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