Native Americans say it is important to put a piece of yourself into a pot you are making. Likewise when we are grounded, calm, observant and patient we can focus and put a piece of ourselves in our photos.

After family and friends, Patti Zolnick has two loves in her life; photography and yoga. Luckily the beautiful New Mexico landscape provides inspiration for both. Initially on her yogic path, Patti was interested in the physical body. But the more she progressed in her studies, the more she began to notice other benefits, little gems, delivered through yoga practice and philosophy. One of the most fundamental tenets of yoga is to focus on the breath during a yoga practice, yet it is one of the most difficult tenets to master. Recognizing the power of the breath, Patti began to relate that focus on the breath to stressful situations during the day. Maybe, just maybe, a scattered mind could begin to calm. She began to understand that with focused breath, we feel more grounded, clear, relaxed and open. That is when our inner nature can stand out clearly. In that moment, we have a clearer view of ourselves plus our interactions with what is happening around us. As Tarthang Tulku, a Tibetan teacher writes, “ When our energy is well focused, we can think clearly, and we are able to plan and organize our thoughts effectively. We are self assured; we know what we want to accomplish, what our obstacles are, and how to dissolve them.”

Incredibly, many of the attributes of yoga are also important in photography. One must focus, both with the camera and the mind to make photos that reflect what we want to convey. How often have we taken a photograph and notice something after the fact we did not see in the viewfinder? Were we grounded, calm, patient? As a photograph is made, mindful attention to the breath can provide a steady hand. We must be observant and acknowledge the “obstacles” that come into the viewfinder so that we can learn to dissolve them. If we move too quickly perhaps the best angle for an image might be missed. Mindful attention will provide grounded, clearer vision and the possibility of better photographs.

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in it’s entirety” - Ansel Adams

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