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Photography as a Walking Meditation – –

Pem McNerney/

12/01/2021 07:00 a.m. EST

Life can be stressful, particularly during the holidays. To cope, some people lift weights, some people do yoga, some people do meditation.

Bill Canosa grabs his camera and heads out for a walk.

“To me, this is a walking meditation,” says Canosa. “Photography is a great way to take a walk and really focus your thoughts on what’s in front of you. As we approach the holidays, this can be a really stressful time for people. Taking up photography can be a great way to deal with that stress.”

Canosa started shooting photos in earnest about eight years ago during a difficult time in his life, with very little formal training other than a high school photography class when he was younger. Over the years, he has honed his technique by studying his favorite photographers, listening online to lectures by them, and by entering his work in contests.

His work recently won first honors in the Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) IMAGES contest, and his photos will be on display until Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Sill House Gallery, Lyme Academy of Art, 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, along with about 90 works selected by jurors from a pool of about 700 photos submitted for the contest. The exhibition also can be viewed online at

Canosa says he was thrilled to be among the photographers who won first honors and that he loves being part of the SAA community. Both he and his wife Sandy Canosa, who live in Branford, also volunteer for SAA as gallery sitters during the exhibition, which allows them to meet a lot of nice people, he says.

He wants to encourage others to pick up a camera, even if it’s only a cell phone camera, and get outside to help blow off the stress of the season, and the world at large. Here are some of his tips on how to get started

Take a Walk, Set an Intention

First: Just start taking daily walks with a camera.

“And you don’t have to have nice equipment. If you don’t have a camera, just use your phone,” Bill Canosa says. “Walk where you are comfortable, so you can really focus on what is around you. Look around you for things, large or small, that, with a preoccupied mind, you might not notice.”

Tip Two: Set some sort of intention as to where you might want to start when it comes to capturing images. Canosa recalls the advice renowned photographer Dorthea Lange gave to her assistant, Ralph Gibson, when Gibson was working as her assistant.

Gibson had been working with Lange for about a year when she asked him to show her his photography. He said, “I showed her one of my pictures and she said, ‘I see your problem here Raphael, you have no …….