The Golden Key

I’ve just started reading a book called Mindfulness by Gill Hasson.  I’m only a short way into it, but the general gist is about how important it is to live in the present moment as much as we can, rather than dwelling unnecessarily on the past or fretting fruitlessly about the future.

It’s easier said than done, of course.  I think that this may be one of the reasons why I love photography: to get a good photograph you need to be totally “in the moment”, alive and alert to all that is around you, noticing the play of light along with the shapes and patterns of your environment.  For me, this is sometimes about noticing the little details which you might otherwise miss, such as the rain-tousled seed-head I shared the other day, or this beautiful sign in the shape of a golden key hanging above the streets of Hertford.

Shop sign in the shape of a golden key, dated 1798.

Sign of the Golden Key

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About simongregor

Photographer, business thinker and tour guide.
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One Response to The Golden Key

  1. Scott says:

    A handsome sign indeed. Intriguing, too. I wonder about the bell. Symbolic not functional, I assume. Well spotted.
    I may need to read that book. Fretting is what I do. Even now at 5 a.m., an hour after fretfulness woke me. 😦

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