Mindfulness Diaries: photography


Nidhi Thomas

In this weekly column, guest contributer Nidhi Thomas writes about bringing mindfulness into everyday life.

Nidhi Thomas, Guest Contributor

What is photography? That’s the question you’re probably asking yourself. Moreover, what relevance does it have? It is simply this; the art, application, and practice of creating durable images by recording light. In the simplest, dullest, most mundane terms, that is the definition. 

But in truth, there are so many other definitions for it. Photography is also a capsule, a tiny thing of significance. It is a vessel for capturing the ordinary but meaningful things in life. And you can use that vessel however you want. Perhaps you love to travel. Well, then photography, to you, might be the bright, vivid pictures you took from the wide, vast treetops of the Acacia trees in the Sahara Desert of the Katanga lions– golden, beautiful creatures with wild manes. Or, maybe you have a particular fondness for pill bugs; photography to you might be the picture you took of one while on your morning walk. 

And that is the beauty of it. Photography can be anything you want. It can enrich your life in whatever way you please. It can be a way for you to capture your love for something, document your feelings, and express yourself. 

Next time you have one of those moments where you truly feel happy- whether you’re on a cruise in the middle of the ocean- with no land in sight, or just doing something ordinary that brings you happiness nonetheless, capture that moment. With your iPhone or a more substantial camera, whatever you see fit. Use photography as a vessel for capturing the special moments in your life and as a way of achieving fulfillment.