Book review: The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes (Andy Karr and Michael Wood)

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There are a plethora of books available on photography and its myriad techniques and forms; this particular text takes the focus off photography as “Art” and puts it on seeing the artistic in the everyday world.

Karr and Wood encourage photographers to take a step back from the technical aspects of their craft in order to better see their world as it is as opposed to seeing it manufactured through the various techniques attributed to traditional, mechanical photography. Many of the chapters contain straightforward, simple “assignments” to further the development of the methods contained within the book that can yield rather interesting results. I took the time to complete several of the assignments myself, some of the results of which can be seen here.)

Containing beautiful photographs as well as information for both the amateur as well as the professional photographer, The Practice of Contemplative Photography contains something for anyone who enjoys picking up a camera for any reason. From Shambhala Publications and available from you local, independent bookseller.

NOTE: Andy Karr will be at the Boulder Bookstore on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of The Practice of Contemplative Photography.

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About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.


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