Over on the 'Tao of Photography' blog there's a new addition on 'being in the flow' and what that might mean in terms of photography. The article also references a talk given by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, director of the Quality of Life Research Center at the Drucker School of Claremon Graduate University.
Anyway, the link to the article (and from there to the talk) is:http://tao-of-digital-photography.blogspot.com/
- November 11, 2008 entry.
Yep. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi's seminal book Flow is simply fascinating, and the best analysis I've ever seen of what we really find satisfying in life. He perfectly explains why many of us find very challenging situations at work fundamentally more satisfying and enjoyable than almost any nominally "fun" or recreational activity. Photograph combine a need for concentration, fluent technical proficiency, and perceptual awareness in a way that really makes a 'flow' experience more likely than many other leisure activities.