Photography as a Path to Mindfulness and Curiosity

Photography transcends mere image capture, evolving into a profound exploration of the world and self-awareness. This fantastic video essay features insights into this transformative journey, underscoring photography's role in shaping perceptions and enriching life beyond the lens.

Coming to you from Shoot On Film -- by Ari Jaaksi, this enlightening video emphasizes the depth of photography as a personal and explorative endeavor. Jaaksi's late blooming into photography serves as a testament to the medium's power to alter one’s view of the world. He shares his experiences of how photography has become a lens through which every activity—be it a simple walk with his dog or a business trip—offers a potential photographic opportunity. This perspective turns mundane moments into chances for creativity and observation, making every outing an adventure in anticipation and planning. Jaaksi's narrative is a reminder of the importance of being present and observant, qualities that are invaluable not just to photographers but to anyone seeking to live a more mindful and engaged life.

Moreover, Jaaksi delves into the solitary moments of photography, like developing film, as periods of zen-like focus and personal reflection. These activities, often overlooked in the digital rush, offer a connection to the process that is tactile and meditative. His exploration of camera mechanics, the physics of light, and even quantum mechanics through pinhole photography showcases photography as a multidisciplinary gateway to learning and curiosity. Jaaksi’s journey reveals how photography, with its unique blend of science, art, and personal expression, enriches his life and offers a continual source of learning and discovery. The video is a compelling argument for the value of photography as a tool for seeing the world anew and fostering a lifelong passion for learning. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Jaaksi.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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