Art and Culture of Photography — It’s Quiet Time, Kids

Is it just me, or did we seem to have more open, free time as kids than children do today? Likewise, are our adult lives filled to the brim with activities and distractions? When was the last time you took a moment — on purpose — to just sit? No phone, no computer, no spouse and no kids. When was the last time you just spent some time with yourself and your own thoughts?

©Samantha Chrysanthou - Take time to sip your coffee. Who knows what creative things you might see?

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Take time to sip your coffee. Who knows what creative things you might see?

Maybe for some people, the possibility of being alone without the umbilical cord of the internet tying them to their friends, family and the world yawns ahead like a sentence of doom. But I’m going to put out there that we should schedule more unscripted free time for both ourselves as adults and for our kids. It’s seems like such a rat race today where you must be the first to post something pithy, or you don’t want to miss a second of the stream of data bytes coming from your smartphone. But there’s plenty of research out there that, ironically, to be healthy, creative and happy we must have downtime for our brains and bodies. We must ‘check in’ with ourselves, take the temperature of our emotional health, and hopefully create space to relax. For kids, not having everything scheduled (or over-scheduled) lets them figure out how to entertain themselves (especially if there are blocks of time when they aren’t allowed to plug in to their devices). For adults, we get to play again, maybe even finding weird universes at the bottom of our coffee cups.

©Samantha Chrysanthou - Coffee universe.

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Coffee universe.

©Samantha Chrysanthou - Coffee vortex.

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Coffee vortex.

©Samantha Chrysanthou - Coffee peace.

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Coffee peace.

©Samantha Chrysanthou - Coffee moon.

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Coffee moon.

©Samantha Chrysanthou - Coffee nebula.

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Coffee nebula.

©Samantha Chrysanthou - Coffee crust.

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Now that’s coffee!

 

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Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!

4 Comments

  1. Bunty Albert
    January 15, 2014

    Brilliant. Thanks.

  2. Dave W
    January 15, 2014

    Sam

    Well said.
    Those are great MUG shots! Seriously those are very interesting images. I wouldn’t have known they were coffee if you didn’t tell us.

    Any chance of seeing beer foam shots from Darwin?

    Dave

  3. Layton Fisher
    January 15, 2014

    Very Original , very simple, fresh seeing. Old things in a new light. A reminder that creativity is never far away, but it often hides inside us while we are looking outside.

  4. Janet
    January 15, 2014

    Can coffee marks be read like tea leaves??…perhaps too much unscripted time on my hands. Anyway, love your creativity.

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