Snap Out Of It! Mindful Photography: Online and In-person Courses

They say ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. They also say that ‘the camera never lies’. Then we are told that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. Does any of this really matter? Do we ever miss a trick?

Well what we do know is that most of us muddle through our daily lives quite often with our blinkers on, missing the subtleties which nature, architecture, inanimate objects, the weather or anything else for that matter delivers- the simple pleasures which surround us and cost nothing.

In other words, there is an engaging, hidden world out there waiting to be discovered! And doing so can be great for mental wellbeing. Welcome to the photography concept that is Snap Out Of It!

What We Do:

Snap Out Of It! is an amateur mindful photography group which encourages you to explore your surroundings, notice and appreciate the unseen, become a tourist in your own neighbourhood and then collaborate as part of a team which each week shares and discusses its images.

There is always a human story behind every picture- an emotion, an insight, a passion, a curiosity.

Our guiding principles are to firstly have fun (we are not competitive; we are novices and not trained photographers and we definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously) and secondly to be prepared to see the world through a refreshingly different perspective.

What’s it got to do with mental health?

  • Mindfulness (capturing the moment)
  • Grounding, giving space to both see and appreciate more of the world around us
  • Use of all 5 senses (a DBT Skill)
  • Seeing different perspective and changing focus
  • Self-expression and exploration: learn more about what makes you tick

How does it work?

  • We meet once a week (either online or in person)
  • We set a weekly fun challenge based on various guided themes as well as asking you to take images of things which you feel drawn towards
  • We are a laid-back bunch with no pressure: everyone decides what works for them
  • We share the images and where comfortable talk about what we see, what they mean and how they make us feel. Everyone’s perspective is unique, valued and correct. No judgement.

What can I get from it?

  • Confidence, self-expression, connectedness, sharing and conversation
  • Perspective and an attitude of gratitude
  • Gentle exercise (e.g. from walking outdoors) and a new engaging hobby!

What do I need to get started?

Any digital camera (old, new, borrowed, blue… or any colour!), smartphone, tablet or image capturing device.

But do I need any photography skills?

None. Nada. Zilch. A big fat zero! Just SNAPStop…Notice…then Acquire Picture! Job done.

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