Letting go of Images in the Image Industry

Have we ever experienced pictures that turn out absolutely glorious when we simply pressed the shutter without any expectation or thinking? Have we ever been blown away by the deep beauty we see in ourselves when we were not intentionally posing to be photographed?

Working in the image industry, I have frequently experienced this. There are many moments when I simply felt impulsed to press the shutter of a camera without even seeing exactly what was in my viewfinder. Something was calling me to simply receive what was being offered. When I looked at these pictures, my heart skipped a beat, not only because the glory was physically visible, but also because the harmony captured was deeply palpable.

Working with my phone camera this way for many years, I have come to realise that pictures call out to be received. Divinity presents itself all around us, all of the time, and it is up to us to register it, to feel the call and not hold back in receiving it and allowing it to be expressed through us.

This is the only way I feel true pictures are created – to express what is Truth.

A true image is formulated only when everything aligns at one single moment, and after that moment, something else is already formulating. No images can be held onto when they are true because we, nature and everything are constantly changing from moment to moment.

By contrast, in the image industry we are constantly trying to re-create images – we regurgitate images and seek a perfection based on images. However, when we hold onto any images, this act is already not aligned to the natural movement that our bodies feel, which is simply to receive what is being presented in that moment. For when we expect something to be only a certain way then we are allowed to only see what our mental expectation permits. But seeing is receiving, and what we are receiving every moment is an opportunity to evolve.

Images are truly successful only when they allow us to let go of, rather than further cement, preconceived ideals and beliefs.

I have observed that the way to work with images is to be image-free within ourselves; not by controlling our thoughts that having images is bad, but by the choices we make every day to free ourselves from the big daddy of images, the ideals and beliefs we have accepted in life.

If we prepare ourselves every day by connecting to ourselves and being true, a freedom and truth will be expressed, simply by receiving the truth that comes through us. As everything is complete once it is expressed, there is no attachment to any image we capture, portray and/or share. This then leaves us free to express the next Divine image that is already coming.

If we are honest, we can all feel Truth, which is one and the same for all. This realisation in relation to working in the image industry is also a truth for any industry and life in general because it is only when our preconceived attachments to what we are looking for subside that we get to truly express as ourselves.

By Adele Leung, Fashion Stylist, writer, photographer, model, presenter, Hong Kong

Further Reading:
Having my Photo Taken – Seeing the Real Me
What does it Mean – ‘Holding Onto’?

497 thoughts on “Letting go of Images in the Image Industry

  1. “I have come to realise that pictures call out to be received.” I find when I am at the beach wit my phone camera I don’t feel with some scenes to take a photo, but with others I do. I enjoy focusing on the quality I am in when I take the photo and what the scene feels like.

  2. No attachment to what we see but appreciating when something deeply beautiful, inspiring or harmonious is felt. I love it.

  3. True sight is granted (by ourselves and no one else) the moment we are not moved by an image. Therefore, we must learn to move in a way that frees us of all the ideals and beliefs we have allowed to shackle us so that we once again can see the beauty beneath it all. And as well as seeing this beauty, we must also allow ourselves to see the ugliness and the horror we have allowed to be in the world and that alerts us to how far we have drifted from such beauty.

  4. When we allow ourselves to be image free what we receive often turns out to be vaster than anything we can imagine.

  5. Thank you Adele for presenting the truth images and that there is always a quality behind every image we see and are met with. When we live and move impulsed by our connection to our Soul, our essence, we are the divine image of God, and the representation of the divine vibration of us all. When this movement or expression is captured in a photo or on film is offers inspiration and confirmation of who we all are in essence.

  6. We hold many pictures and images and it is when we let go of the pictures that we actually start to see beyond what the image represented and there is far more to see.

  7. I once saw on TV how some people were learning to take pictures, and I think they had some fancy equipment, but still, it got very obvious that it was in their ability to connect and receive, in deep surrender, appreciation and adoration of what was in front of them that allowed them to capture a moment to reveal the exquisite beauty in its true essence. The difference was quite remarkable.

  8. I love this Adele, so simple- “If we prepare ourselves every day by connecting to ourselves and being true, a freedom and truth will be expressed, simply by receiving the truth that comes through us.”

  9. A great way of sharing the effects of images Adele and what this means to be invested in pictures. The image industry can really grab us and so it is great to talk about and raise this.

  10. We have the image and the one looking at or receiving the image. Even the most true image can be re-interpreted if ones receptivity is not of that standard.

  11. Beautiful Adele, especially working in the field of fashion and image industry.
    ‘Images are truly successful only when they allow us to let go of, rather than further cement, preconceived ideals and beliefs.’
    Exactly that. No other way. Love is space.

  12. It is easy to be fooled by images but not if we dedicate ourselves to knowing that everything is about energy. When we know that everything is energy we can step back a bit and not get so caught up in images.

  13. How beautiful it is when someone sends us a photo and we see our beauty shining back at us. A moment to appreciate and realise what a difference we are making by just being ourselves.

  14. “Something was calling me to simply receive what was being offered.” – Wow, very beautiful, I really get the sense of how you weren’t identified with making it ‘your’ photo – as in not needing to impose your own stamp on it so to speak but to instead support capturing a certain quality of moment or expression.

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