Can a conversation shift a perspective? Can a shift in perspective change what is noticed? Can what we notice shape our thoughts, feelings, and actions? These are the hypotheses we test out every time we meet another person.
Just Looking started as a series of events in London, UK. Each time we would have a different theme in the form of a philosophical thought experiment. We would discuss and entertain the idea so as to embed it, and then take a walk and see if it changed what we actually noticed in the world.
During these walks, and later workshops too, many of us would take our cameras and make photos of what we saw. The simple physical act of holding a camera in the hand can help ground us in the practice of looking. It's like tying a string around your finger to remember to do something. In this case, to look.
Over the lockdown period, we have experimented with doing some online events and zoom calls. There is something powerful about getting together in person - even if it is online - to share insights, stories, images, and smiles. And perhaps most importantly, there is the serendipity: you never know exactly what others will say and do, and how you might respond in that moment.
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14th June – 12th July 2021 – 21 Days of Seeing Slowly. (online event)
14th July 2019 – Slowing down time, Hampstead Heath
23rd August 2018 – Celebrating Impermanence at Twilight, Re:Centre, London (Details)
8th September 2018 – Abstract Photography at the Tate Modern, London (Details)
7th July 2018 – Mindful Photography, Be The Love Festival, Museum of Happiness, London (Details)
30th June 2018 – Celebrating Life at Highgate Cemetery, London (Details)
4th May 2018 – Strangers in the City, London (Details)
14th April 2018 – Intentional Blur at the Southbank, London (Details)
10th February 2018 – Wabi-Sabi in the Natural History Museum, London. (Details)
9th December 2017 – Mindful Playful Photography Workshop, Museum of Happiness, London (Details)
28th October 2017 – Beauty of Transience in St James’ Park, London (Details)
30th September 2017 – Space in Southbank , London(Details)
1st September 2017 – Shadows of Hampstead Heath, London (Details)