My world - Karin Pezel
I took my first photographs in the early 1980’s. Many of them were blurry or had a poor image field (e.g. legs or heads were “cut off”, etc. see some examples below).
This issue was only fixed once I got my first SLR camera – a Russian-made Zenit. Then followed years of holiday photography (with compact cameras, SLRs, DSLRs) – where I wasn’t too concerned with composition, lighting, apertures, etc. That meant I was also often not satisfied with the results.
It wasn’t until 2014 that I decided to focus on my photography and train myself in this field. I read books, watched educational videos, took courses – all things to help create photo that I actually like.
I practice photography as a hobby in my private time. Lola, my pug, regularly accompanies me on my photography excursions. I am a member of the Austrian Animal and Nature Photography Society - www.vtnoe.at .
In my professional career, I am mostly focussed on the world of SAP and IT strategy consulting as well as SAP management.
In my private life, I am also a follower of Shaolin culture (Qi Gong, Rou Quan, Kung Fu, meditation) and vibrational healing techniques (Pranic Healing, EFT etc.). Travel and hiking are also an important part of my life.
Inner peace – what's it?
Some people describe inner peace using words like "inner balance", "lightness", "harmony", "love", "happiness", "tranquillity", "light heartedness", "slowing down" or even "silence".
If we feel inner peace, then - We experience a sense of gratitude - We feel connected to others- It is easy for us to laugh - We trust that there is an answer for every problem.
Eckhart Tolle once said: A fleeting sensation of love and joy or a brief moment of deep happiness is possible whenever there is a gap in our thought processes. For most people these gaps are rare and occur randomly in moments when the mind is “speechless”, which sometimes happens in response to extreme beauty, exceptional physical effort or even immense danger. (Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now).
Photography is also related to the present moment. It requires an immense amount of attentiveness and concentration (just like meditation) and can help one achieve a condition of inner peace (sometimes at first this is only for a brief period).Try it out! Take up the practice of photographic meditation; try to experience the here and now through photography.