Click! In the Name of Love

I read Click! Choosing Love and I’ve been debating as to whether I should write about it or not. I decided to because I keep thinking about it. I don’t want to review it, but I want to discuss what I’ve been mulling over.

  1. The book is about people being uncomfortable in front of a camera. I’m still uncertain if this is solely at a photo shoot or also for snapshots. The way it is presented it is at photo shoots, but I really don’t know that many people of my generation who have photo shoots. Yes, we had traumatic school picture incidents. We’ve also had really bad wedding photography. But for the 98% percent of us who aren’t in the public view or are authors or musicians, we don’t spend the money on photo shoots.
  2. My sense is that the book is written for the camera subject to relax and be himself, yet the few times I’ve had a professional picture taken I’ve found that the problem with not allowing the subject’s essence to appear is due to the photographer not being present and not connecting with the subject.  Most people don’t know how to relax when being arranged and positioned. It’s this disconnect between photographer and subject that reminds the subject of his childhood and not being seen by mom or dad, thus projecting mom and dad onto the photographer.
  3. Carl Studna talks about giving up judgement yet he expressed his own judgements and opinions that had nothing to do with the topic. His judgements tended to be about children and how to raise and educate them. I had the sense that he felt that children are the true, essential beings and that we can only find True Nature through our child.
  4. The Inner Child. Studna wrote about the inner child in a way that suggests that the inner child is our essential self. I’m sorry, but the inner child is an animal instinct–an aspect of me, but a whole person has many other aspects and by the time we are over 50, as most of his subjects are, maturity and understanding and a whole lot of other dimensions make up our essential being.
  5. Laughter and playfulness. Yes, there is an incredible lightness to being. I am known by many in Ridhwan for my deep, seemingly endless laughter, but stillness and reflection are also a part of me. During my recent trip to Cuba I wasn’t that playful, but I never felt more grounded.