Intuition and photography do work together.
Kat says, “When you can connect with your intuition in your photography, you can more easily find the subjects and situations that speak to your heart. You can, without effort, create powerful images that connect with heart and soul.”
The real challenge is to understand when your intuition is kicking in.
I know that it happens for me but I find it hard to describe exactly what it feels like. I can tell you that in my mind or even out loud I hear myself saying “oh!” when a subject before me is speaking to my heart.
Here are a couple of examples:
I have photographed my favorite pond in one of our city parks many times. Last summer while walking around and getting photos of these lotus blossoms and leaves I saw this one. It was the light on those petals that got me. And the bloom reaching toward the light, ready to open.
Many times this kind of thing happens when I’m about to stop taking photos and head for home. One last look around, or a final walk around the pond, and there will be something I missed, something that I need to see. That’s when I hear that “oh!”.
Earlier this winter I had been at another park, walking around in the snow, actually headed back to the car. I happened to look up at this grand old oak tree and saw what I call the old man in the tree. I hope you can see him…the snow is his beard.
It was a moment of magic.
This tree image has stayed in my mind since then, reminding me of the trees in one of the Lord of the Rings stories, the trees in the forest in the Wizard of Oz. There is a story that this old man in the tree wants to tell.
This intuitive impulse does not happen each time I take photos. Many times I just take way too many images, an old habit that seems to not want to go away. True, some good images come from those days, too, but not like those that seek me out, draw my attention and speak to my heart.