Photential launches the world's first online Mindful Photography course

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The Mindful Photographer is a 6 week online course offered by Photential that introduces photography practices to develop mindfulness and through that process create photographs that connect to place, emotion and moment. Photential is an innovative enterprise based in Swansea, Wales who specialise in using photography for personal development.

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The Mindful Photographer provide techniques and assignments that slow you down from your high speed, task driven day and allow you to experience some of the benefits of mindfulness, whilst creating personal and beautiful photography.

The world's first online mindful photography course, The Mindful Photographer, launches on Monday 29th September. The aim of the 6 week online course is to encourage students to use their camera as a tool for meditation and create personal resonant photographs. The Mindful Photographer provides private web pages with tailored resources, emailed assignments and a private group Flickr page where personal feedback is provided.

The term Mindful Photography describes the experience of being totally present when creating photographs. It embraces the practice of mindfulness - being completely with the present moment - and relates this to the art of creating photographs.

Mindful Photography is all about seeing: seeing everything that is there. Just as mindful meditation sounds easy - What can be difficult about just sitting and watching the breath? Mindful Photography sounds easy - How difficult can it be to see all that is there? The reality is that our busy mind distracts. Whilst the eyes provide visual stimulation, it is the mind that makes sense of the world and the mind is very keen to name and label what it witnesses. This habit of the mind limits what can be seen. The Mindful Photographer has resources, tasks and assignments that encourage students to fully engage with all that can be seen: to see beyond the labels, to connect with their feelings and create photographs that allow part of their soul to shine through.

Photential's creator Lee Aspland explained that Mindfulness is “paying attention to your experience in the present moment, without judgement or criticism”. Lee has taken this idea and introduced photography techniques and activities that bring students into the present moment and connect them with what they are really seeing.

For additional information about the course content, the story of how Lee became a Mindful Photographer, frequently asked questions and a short introductory video visit

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