Consciousness and My Camera

consciousness, camera, photography

Dear Folks,

There is a lot of talk about consciousness and meditation and for many gals and guys, it can feel really frustrating at first to sit down and try and empty your mind of to-do lists and thoughts.

I remember when I first started trying to meditate, it felt like the impossible dream, sheez there was just so many thoughts running around my mind and so much to do!!

Ha ha, the whole point of meditation is to get calm so things become clearer and you make better decisions, you connect to more of your inner knowing, so the decisions you do make are the right ones for you. One of the end games is to connect to your heart.

I have worked out there are many ways to get to this lovely state of being in the now, slowing down and taking notice of life but the most fun for me has been using my camera (or iPhone).



The simple process of wandering around a town, village, or beach, looking closely at life, observing, framing, clicking and being fully in the moment, waiting for life to choreograph itself in an enjoyable way, is possibly the most pleasurable for me.

I have realised when I have a camera in my hand or a person in front of me I’m about to photograph that I am really looking, feeling, seeing, and listening. I am 100% percent in the now, almost like a delicious version of tunnel vision that focuses me in that moment on what has caught my attention.


My camera gives me two other lovely kickbacks, something akin to repeating ‘gratitude’ and ‘pleasure’ mantras. I will be walking around Paris on a day and see something pretty and want to photograph it, I stop, my brain recognizes beauty, I frame it and I get a little love rush for that small beauty that has just captured my attention. It might be an arrangement of shapes or beautiful colour palette, something funny or unexpected, nothing of great artistic importance but these little ‘love bites’ feed my creative soul, give beauty where minutes earlier there was none.

What the camera does for me is allow me to fully enjoy and experience life in the moment, so dear friends, if you are finding it hard to meditate, try wandering around with a camera and let pleasure lead you to what your heart and eye find interesting. It may just one day take you by the hand and lead you to you!!!

Love and snaps,

Carla x

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Jodi Plumbley
5 years ago

Ahhh yes I agree! It’s such a beautiful way to be present and appreciate the beauty all around. Love these shots. Jodi x

Corrina Tough
5 years ago

Oh yes I get that so much! Afterwards seeing the images also is meditative and over and again outside me in the state I was in when I noticed the thing or experienced the light etc xx

Angela Mamalis
5 years ago

I can spend up to 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, teaching pilates /yoga/barre/health and wellness coaching to over 400 people in a week. Once I have my camera in my hand I am in heaven practicing mindful and meditative photography. I can there relate to this article in so many ways. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to go out and about again with my camera. I just wish I was a better photographer!

Carla Cioffi
5 years ago

Yes, Yes and Yes!!! Photography and seeing for me has always been a meditative process. I love that correlation of being in meditation co-creating with the Universe and photography. So interesting! I’m digging the images you shared in this post. – Carla x

courtney fastman
5 years ago

exactly! the little ‘love rush’ part… well said. <3.

Pam Burkhardt
Pam Burkhardt
5 years ago

You’ve written of this “meditation” so poignantly, and it’s exactly what happens to me when I’m capturing beauty with my iPhone or camera. I don’t know where the time goes, but it does so blissfully.

Teddee Grace
Teddee Grace
5 years ago

These are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your talent and skills.

Teagan Oliver
Teagan Oliver
5 years ago

Ahhhh so perfect Carla darling. Just what I needed to hear. Thank you for sharing. You took me back to some of my favourite days of exploring photography and it’s time to get myself back to that passion xxx

Dana McCaskill
Dana McCaskill
5 years ago

Carla, I love this post. I love taking photos and how I feel when I take them. You have really encapsulated why I enjoy it so much! XX