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The Practice of Contemplative Photography offers a series of photographic assignments, along with examples of images that successfully fulfill them. The purpose of these assignments is to help you connect directly with the visual world and to express that experience photographically. On this site we briefly summarize these instructions. Without the extensive presentations in the book, you might find the assignments a bit cryptic, but please give them a try.
Assignments provide specific intentions for you to work with. These intentions are like stop signs for thinking mind. When you glimpse what you intend to see, discursiveness is interrupted, leaving a gap for direct perception to shine through.
These assignments have been developed for the purpose of training. They are not meant to suggest good subject matter for contemplative photography. They are just methods to help you align eye and mind. When eye and mind are aligned, any fresh, direct perception is good subject matter.
You can upload up to three photos per week to this site. Each image must be no larger than 10MB. This site supports JPEGs and PNGs. Photos that successfully accomplish the assignment will be published in the appropriate galleries.