This book suggests the secret to taking great photos is not what you think is the right object or angle, but what you feel, as you experience different forms of beauty. Flow-tography offers a simple approach to improving your photographs not by acquiring more technical expertise, but by doing the opposite. This intuitive approach begins with discovering how to enter the creative zone, or flow state at will. Flow-tography guides you to get back in touch with what you love, while you rediscover what makes you feel most alive and present. You’ll discover your sense of beauty and sense of self becomes stronger as you progress. The process outlined in this book helps you reclaim your creativity and awaken your Curious Soul.
This instinctive approach to photography focuses first on reconnecting to an inner sense of what is beautiful and authentic to you by introducing Eight Universal Patterns of Beauty such as simplicity or vitality. Next Merritt helps you explore how to connect to the heart of the moment more deeply to take the photo from within the aesthetic experience.
The deeper your experience of beauty, the more you will be delighted with the photo. In the third section, you discover how to use your natural aesthetic judgment to lightly edit photos. By discovering how to amplify the essence, your photos will come closer to the lived experience being photographed. When an image matches our memory, we know it, we love it, we share it. Your final photograph becomes a thing of beauty in its own right.
The 134 page book has a whimsical look and feel with 40 hand-written and illustrated pages.
The audio prompts and a video demonstration, quickly give you a sense of the depth and scope of the instructional content. Although the medium of photography is the focus of this book, the practices and tools introduced can be applied to any form of creative expression you choose. If you want to develop your creative self, or encourage this in others, Flow-tography guides you along the path. You will quickly learn to follow the three step framework: Collect experiences of beauty by deepening your powers of observation, Connect to the one thing that speaks to you, and Create your expression of beauty from your experience.
The Eight Universal Patterns of Beauty such as vitality, luminosity, utility, complexity, simplicity, synchronicity, unity, and sublimity, offer a practical system for self-discovery. This book teaches you how to identify with your own pattern of beauty through photography, and gives you inspiration and guidance to use this knowledge to make your life even more meaningful and joyful.