Looking, Thrilling, and Photographing


I woke up in a such a state. All I could think of was emailing this person and calling them out. Sending the email did not quiet my and the Boulder drivers on my way to South Mesa didn’t either.

Once I arrived at South Boulder Creek, these little ice patterns in puddles caught my attention and I set about working with them. All I was concerned with was getting close to them and making compositions. Then, I saw all sorts of interesting patterns and colors in the creek. In spite of my mind, that morning I had no trouble making some images that I’m really pleased with.

How was that possible? I noticed that when I was focused on looking at things as possible photographs, all the mind chatter went unnoticed. There have been times, in my arrogance that I’ve complimented myself on my quiet mind. But that was not the case this morning. Was it just ADD?

On some more reflection, I think it’s because I love what I’m doing. I love getting excited by what I see and trying to make photographs of it. When I’m doing that, I’m not concerned with making particular images, or fame and for fortune. All I’m interested in is looking, thrilling and photographing.


~ by danbaumbach on March 19, 2019.

One Response to “Looking, Thrilling, and Photographing”

  1. “One of the most frequently mentioned dimensions of the flow experience is that, while it lasts, one is able to forget all the unpleasant aspects of life. This feature of flow is an important by-product of the fact that enjoyable activities require a complete focusing of attention on the task at hand-thus leaving no room in the mind for irrelevant information.” ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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