Pearls on the Water is my interpretation of the WordPress photo prompt for this week – Afloat.
Having become increasingly more drawn to learning about Miksang contemplative photography, I found these reflections on the water of Weeping Willow tree branches, pearl-like bubbles afloat atop them, reflected both my contemplative mood and tranquil atmosphere while walking around a favourite local pond.
Miksang is a Tibetan word meaning “good eye.” It represents a form of contemplative photography based on the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, in which the eye is in synchronisation with the contemplative mind.
Using Michael Wood’s Miksang technique of starting by picking a spot, closing my eyes and with eyes closed turning 45 or 90 degrees then opening them really fast for maybe a second, then closing eyes really fast again to repeat the sequence, seems to be helping with finding a fresh approach to photography. Michael’s video on YouTube explains it much better than I have here – the explanation comes at around 7.48 mins into the video. Take a look, it’s a fascinating approach to photography.
Wanting to experiment with processing this shot into black and white, I’ve re-blogged the photo on The Monochrome Muse giving camera settings. Pop over and take a look – does the image work in black and white do you think? I’d love to know what version you prefer.