Monthly Archives: October 2011


Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera)

Chapter One (Wood/Karr)

Notes from the 1st chapter of The Practice of Contemplative Photography by Michael Wood and Andy Karr.

“The word contemplate sometimes means to think things over, but when we use the term, we are indicating a process of reflection that draws on a deeper level of intelligence than our usual way of thinking about things.” -p3

The work of the great masters of photography is grounded in clear seeing. (paraphrased)-p5

Recognizing that the reader may have her own list, the authors’ list of masters of photography (also on p5) includes:

Alfred Stieglitz
Edward Weston
Tina Modotti
André Kertész
Paul Strand
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Robert Adams




Staghorn Sumac




At the Pond’s Edge


For my birthday, I requested the book The Practice of Contemplative Photography by Andy Karr and Michael Wood.

I powered through the first five chapters in one sitting and then stopped.  Chapter Five is where the assignments begin.  The first assignment is called Color.  I want to take some time with this assignment before moving on.

One of the “rules” of the assignment isto “forget about shooting flowers and nature.”  I broke this rule for my first walk about because… well, I work at a nature center and that’s where I was when I had time to shoot.

It was cold and gray.  The clouds were thick and threatened rain – or snow.  Occasionally, though, the sun would break through.  It was late in the afternoon – 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

I tried to follow the spirit of the assignment in all its other aspects:

  • Look for bold, vivid colors.
  • When you are stopped by a flash of color, let your mind stop.  Spend half a minute looking further and contemplating what stopped you.
  • Enjoy yourself.

I was pleased with a handful of my “captures.” I will post each separately.