Happy Snappers Adelaide

Mindfulness + Photography + Social Inclusion + Time in Nature + Safe Small Groups + Low Cost or Free + Online Course + Weekly Activities +
= Mindful Photography for all

Covid-19 Update

8 May 2020

With the mandatory quarantine isolations happening worldwide at the moment, this is the perfect time to join in with the fun. A new free Mindful Photography course is currently open for intake, which now makes this available as an online activity, accessible any time, from anywhere!

Learn the basics of Photography, how to incorporate Mindfulness with that & participate in the weekly Mindful Photography activities shared there. All from the comfort & safety of wherever you find yourself.

Share your captures through the Instagram feed or become a part of the private Facebook Group to meet others & chat about your experiences in a safe, friendly place.

Simple Two Step Mindfulness!

The first step involves observing where you are & what is happening in this moment, the second step is where you are inquisitive about that, but without any judgement or expectation.

STEP ONE

Still
Yourself

Breathe deeply

Calm yourself

Forget the day

Just Be!

Deeply
Observe

Awareness of:

Thoughts

Feelings

Place

STEP TWO

Be
Inquisitive

See with innocence

Be curious

Be playful

Explore

Be
Present

Be in the now

No judgement

No expectation

Acceptance

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The Original Experience

Alex Mausolf
HAPPY SNAPPERS FOUNDER + FACILITATOR

Prior to sharing my experiences, for the readers benefit, I must add this short caveat & warning of potentially intense topics mentioned:

I fully acknowledge this to have been my experience with Mindfulness & Photography & that this may well be different for others; with their experiences ranging from similar effectiveness through to it possibly being of no benefit for them at all.

This is not professional health advice, but there is academic evidence shared for its validity of application in the Articles section.

The topics of suicide & intense mental health experiences are mentioned in the first paragraph immediately following; this may possibly be distressing for some readers.

Having a lived-experience of complex & intense mental health challenges, digital photography entered my life during a rock-bottom period in 2012 when I was suicidal. Being at my wits end after years of debilitating psycho-pharmaceutical medication causing irreversible side-effects, even meditation & other modalities of help were not being of any genuine assistance for me at the time.

It was at this point that I took a gamble on buying myself a cheap, bottom of the line camera kit, with two lenses. Photography was something that I really had enjoyed as a teenager in high school & I was not to be disappointed revisiting my old friend!

The ability to deeply observe & reconnect with the beauty of the world around me was an instantaneously beneficial experience; it allowed me the opportunity to escape all the intense thoughts of despair, as is so easily achieved when you put the viewfinder to your eye!

It was this experience of reconnecting with Nature in safe & creative ways that saved my life. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was experiencing Mindfulness & entering a state of Flow, where time & all the woes of the world disappear from mind!

Sharing this with others in easy, safe ways is what Happy Snappers Adelaide arose from. Doing this voluntarily so as to make this a free or extremely low cost activity was of the utmost importance to me for there to be genuine equity of access & this still remains true to this day with this now offered through free to access online forums for anyone, anywhere to join in with the weekly Mindful Photography activities shared there.

Happy Snappers Adelaide is a Mental Health initiative created by Alex Mausolf a Social Innovator in Adelaide, South Australia. Held as a free activity or with low fees that just cover group transport costs. It has been adapted for use interstate & overseas, it is now being delivered online too.

"Entering into a state of Mindfulness has been proven to be easiest achieved through using photography as the means to focus your attention!"

Black Circle with Utensils Restaurant Logo

Alex Mausolf
HAPPY SNAPPERS FOUNDER + FACILITATOR

Highlights

of the Happy Snappers initiative

Innovation

Mental Health initiative by Alex Mausolf a Social Innovator in Adelaide, South Australia.

Low cost

Held as a free activity or with low fees that cover the groups transport & running costs.

Spreading

It has been emulated interstate & overseas by NGO's, individuals & community centres.

Belonging

Nature +
Inclusion =
Wellbeing

Bits-a-this and...

Part Nature-Fix,
Part Social Gathering,
Part Moving Meditation.

Accessability

Cheap +
Free =
Equity

Simplicity

Photography +
Mindfulness =
Happy Snapping

Diversity

Positive experiences are had by people of diverse backgrounds & life circumstances.

Go with the flow

Easily move into entering a state of Flow where you lose yourself in the now.

Quick + easy

Mindfulness as is accessed easily with the activity of photography is quickly facilitated.

Fun facts

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Positive Reviews
by participants
so far
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Photo's taken
by a participant
in one session!
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batteries
charged
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Kilometres
travelled
to date

Pricing Schedule

Quick credit approval

Weekend
$0

Yearly

Adelaide City Locations
Transport NOT Included
Learn about Photography
Experience Mindfulness
Small Inclusive Group
Time in Nature
Weekly Themes or Techniques
Online
$0

Yearly

Open Globally
Use any Camera
Learn about Photography
Experience Mindfulness
Weekly Themes or Techniques
Have Fun!
Work at your own pace
Weekday
$5

Weekly

Local Destinations
Transport Included
Cameras Available
Small Inclusive Group
Experience Mindfulness
Time in Nature
Weekly Themes or Techniques

The thoughts behind this Mindful Photography initiative

An assortment of discussions, thoughts, insights, tips & ideas that revolve around the theme of Mindful Photography as is explored by Happy Snappers.

The how to do it set of PDF’s for holding your own group is in its last stages of development & will be shared for free soon!

Latest ARTICLES
Mindfulness

Evidence 03

A Psychologist shares insight into Mindful Photography

Mindful Photography

Mindful Photography 03

Some easy suggestions of Mindful Photography explorations.

Mindfulness

Evidence 02

A photographer reflects on their experiences of Mindfulness.

Mindfulness

Evidence 01

Is there any evidence for the basis of this as an activity?

FAQ

Most frequently Asked questions

Absolutely! As the online self-directed course is a Mindful Photography activity, the use of a camera or a mobile phone is not really that important in this regards. If you are aware of how to access a state of Mindfulness, the type of camera used is irrelevant when practising Mindful Photography! That is the primary purpose of this free online course, the sharing of simple guidance on how to access a state of Mindfulness when photographing.

Not at all. The online course starts off with the absolute basics of Mindfulness, incorporating Photography as the mechanism to easily access that state of being!

For those interested in attending the in-person groups, they start off using cameras in semi-automated modes where you will be surprised just how quickly & easily you can be capturing images that pop!

For sure! The online course has a private Facebook Group that is a safe space to share your experiences & get to know others who are also undertaking the course at their own pace.

You can also share your images on Instagram using our hashtag of #happysnappersmindfulphotography

Enrolments are open now! The first part of the course will be live by the middle to end of May, 2020.

Fill out the expression of interest form at the top of the page to register & be notified as things go live.

Currently, they are based in the outer Southern suburbs of Adelaide, in Hackham. A city based Meetup group is in the process of being arranged for Saturdays too, details for that will be fully updated when finalised.

Being fully upfront with you, for the in-person groups held by Alex a controllable camera is really needed for this to work easily & well. If you see a control dial with PASM written on it, or you know that you can access these modes on your camera somewhere, you’re good to go! DSLR’s, Mirrorless & Compact cameras are all normally up to the task.

Yes, Happy Snappers Adelaide has eight cameras available for use, ranging from standard DSLR’s through to tiny & easy to hold mirrorless cameras. They are only available for use in the weekday groups or special one-off events that we co-host.

On days that are just too hot, cold, wet or windy to get out as a group, indoor photography can be arranged for the weekday groups & for the weekend groups editing in one of the city based libraries can be arranged.

Mindfulness

Observing deeply without having any expectation

PHOTOGRAPHY

Creating images that express a story or emotion

NATURE

Time outside in natural spaces heals the body & mind

INCLUSION

Being with others in safety & with no judgement