The author talks about how one can practice ‘experiencing directly’ which is the basis for contemplative photography (he refers to two books).
These practice exercises are simple but take patience and time to develop. When successful one gets a glimpse at what it means to see with body and mind.
The author talks about the importance of seeing first hand what is in front of us without interference by our conditioned egocentric way of seeing. He emphasizes the necessity of a quiet and open mind that pays attention to what is and not to what we wish it to be. It may sound easy to attain a quiet mind, he says, but it requires a great deal of practice and work on oneself.
The author contends that the satisfaction derived from contemplative photography is fundamentally quite different from the satisfaction we get from our habitual way of making pictures.
The author describes special moments of perception that are the centre piece of contemplative photography and of creativity in general.
The journey is from a fixed or conditioned way of seeing the world around us to a method of seeing which is flexible, open, and receptive. This may sound simple but is actually difficult because we are so attached to our beliefs, and so fascinated by our thoughts, power of imagination and images.