I don’t know why I have such a difficult time accepting this lesson – the act of slowing down.
Time and time again, I recognize the positive results when I adopt this contemplative approach. And yet, each time I walk out with my camera, I settle back into my “hurry-up-and-get-to-the-next-shot” habit.
But the “take-one-shot-and-move-on” photographic philosophy tends to be counter-productive. I constantly look ahead to what is around the next corner, fearful of what I might be missing, instead of concentrating on the opportunities right in front of me.
When I walked into this open-air atrium, between two buildings in downtown Columbus, I knew I wanted to capture its many faces. I had to fight against my desire to keep moving and consciously hold myself still, searching for everything the scene could give me.
So here are four perspectives of a single spot – and another slowing-down lesson learned. One, I expect, I will continually struggle to master.