Siddhartha with a camera

by Lorenzo Piccoli


In a book on photography I recently read, the act of taking pictures is described as ‘pleasure, instinct, and freedom‘. If you asked me, I would add ‘contemplation‘. The beauty of photography is that of taking time, going slow, waiting for the right light, and then waiting a few days for the film to be developed – of course, the latter does not apply to modern cameras and phones. The slow rhythm of photography contradicts the imperatives of modern life.

What is more, it seems to me that there are several connections between yoga and photography. The pursuit of abstraction, the importance of being an observer of something bigger going on around you, and the idea that you can find joy simply by taking the time to look around.

Of course, I know little about photography and I know even less about yoga. Take these scattered notes with a pinch of skepticism.