Below is an excerpt from a new book by Andy Karr and Michael Wood, The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes. See below for details on how to win a copy.
Today, it is raining.
On a day like this you might see red, yellow, or green traffic lights reflected on wet pavement. You might see raindrops running down a windowpane or hanging from a railing or overhead wire. You might see two people walking under a bright green umbrella. You might see a dull gray sky or a wet red truck. Inside, there will be soft shadows and muted colors. You might even look through the drops on a window and see the landscape distorted by odd-shaped raindrop lenses.
When the sun comes out, you might see patterns of light coming through the venetian blinds. You might see the complex shadows of trees or bright green leaves against a darker foliage. You might see the shapes of someone's eyes in profile, or the texture of the fabric of the clothing on your leg. You might look up at a bright sky with high, wispy clouds or notice clumps of light reflected by the windows of an office building onto light gray streets. You might observe a dog sitting on the carpet, half in bright sunlight and half in deep shadow.
At dusk the light changes again, and you might see white buildings become orange or pink. As it gets dark, the same buildings might become gray. The sky, too, will change its appearance. If you awake in the middle of the night, the walls and furniture will be monochromatic, illuminated by the moon or a streetlight.
The possibilities of perception are limitless, and clear seeing is joyful.
from The Practice of Contemplative Photography, by Andy Karr and Michael Wood, page 1, published by Shambhala Publications.
Ocean of Dharma and Shambhala Publications are giving away three copies of The Practice of Contemplative Photography.
For a chance to win, leave a comment below telling us about a time when you experienced clear seeing. The contest will close on Tuesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Congratulations to Barb, Len, and Scott! They each won a copy of the book for their comments. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share experiences of clear-seeing! Your comments were refreshing and inspiring to read. Stay tuned for more contests and giveaways.