A Celebration of Mindful Living, Work and Our Deep Connection with Nature
This is a brief telling of how I found my passion, a way to share the beauty I see and experience in nature, and offer the world inspiration through my work. I have always been fascinated with visual perception, which has been my research focus for over a decade. I’ve studied the visual system and how it interacts with our higher-level cognitive functions, while practicing meditation and researching how it affects our brain and our perceptions. During my graduate school years I began to practice photography. For me, the time spent with my camera is quite precious; I enjoy it most when in nature, either at the park, the botanical gardens, or in the forest. Over the years I have deepened my meditation practice and began to explore mindfulness through photography. For me, it's about the relationship between the contemplative state of mind - of clear and non-conceptual awareness and the creative experience through photography, and that experience happens with nature.
My photography is the process of understanding with all the senses and the body: feeling like the flower in the sun, being the drop of rain. My approach to photography is contemplative. It emphasizes simplicity and the aesthetic experience found in our natural environment. My images embody the beauty of the sensory experience: light, composition, and colors reveal the natural beauty and harmony found in nature, celebrating its sensual experience.
What I capture in my photography is more than just a visual experience, but a way to connect with nature.
I believe that a more mindful way of living, such as slowing down to see and enjoy our surroundings with all our senses and body, will encourage a deeper appreciation of our natural environment.
If you would like to learn more about Nature’s Atelier project and our current crowdfunding campaign please visit us on Indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/naturesatelier/x/13356196.
of Forest Therapy Guides to see if there is one in your area to lead you or a group on a walk.