A personal practice of visual mindfulness turned community project. #myquietpractice

What is it?

A visual mindfulness practice through one visual scavenger hunt a week.

Intentional studio practices serve as a way to get the art muscles working without judgement. I like to think of it as photographic sketching. Each week I give myself a topic to think through and some prompts to encourage myself to stop, explore, and create without judgement or worry about the next thing on the to-do list.

What do you mean by community project?

I began to wonder how other people might visualize each prompt and what we might be able to learn from each other if we shared our perspectives.


What become apparent when I gave up trying to be clever or driven toward a predetermined idea, was my own particular point of view. We all know our experiences and the privilege of those experiences shape our outward reactions to the world.

What are the goals?

I’m curious about two things:  

  1. Is it possible that different people, responding visually to the same prompts, could produce a conversation around an idea with more compassion and understanding than regular diaologe?  

  2. Can you see the results of a personal mindfulness practice naturally working its way into the community like the studies claim?

I'm not an artist, why should I participate?

1. Most of us keep a great camera in our pocket and already use it frequently.

2. We live in a visual society. Learning to strengthen our visual muscle is now a regular life-skill. 

3. Intentionality. Asking questions about what we see and sharing our perspectives turns a one-way megaphone into an intentional visual conversation.

4. We can all benefit from slowing down, looking around, and examining what we think we know to be true. (Trust me. The research is out there.)

5. Art is fun, and everyone can be creative.  |  919.917.7650 |  Raleigh, NC  |  © 2020 by Elisabeth Effron 

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