HELLO.Are you an explorer too?
My name is Kim Manley Ort and I live in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario not far from Niagara Falls. My husband and I moved back to this area, where we both grew up, after being away for many years. I’ve grown to love this walkable tourist town and being able to visit Lake Ontario almost every day.
As a child, I spent much of my time at the local ice rink, where figure skating was my passion and refuge. Little did I know back then that I was learning presence on the ice at six in the morning. I had my own rectangular patch of ice and practiced making figure eights over and over. First I found the center, then I’d visualize the shape I would carve with my blade. Then, I’d take off to create my first circle, always returning to the center. Pause, focus, connect. It was my meditative ritual.
Years later, I discovered a similar practice of presence through photography.
During a 2001 photography workshop with Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant, in New Brunswick, Canada I first learned to see. These instructors introduced me to the principles of visual design for photography, which I then practiced for many years. Eventually, I developed my own online workshop in seeing and soon after discovered another name for what I do – contemplative photography, or seeing with the eye, mind, and heart.
Although I love a good photograph, it is not my goal. My intention is to be fully in the moment, with the understanding that the best photographs emerge from the encounter.
“The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside by a generous hand. But – and this is the point – who gets excited by a mere penny? If you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you within your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple, What you see is what you get.” ~ Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
What I Offer
I’m committed to the practice of learning to see and living a contemplative life. Through writing, workshops, and my book, I share ideas, practices and inspiration for doing just that. Click on any of the buttons below to learn more.
My Pledge to You
- A safe space for you to explore, discover and express your unique way of seeing.
- Recognition and honor for what you share ... and a challenge to go deeper.
- To speak from my own experience and support you in trusting yours.
- Fresh materials that evolve over time.
- Credit to my sources and mentors.
- A model for the contemplative life ... and transparency when I fall short.
From January through March 2018, I’ll be taking some time away from social media and blogging to create something new. If you need to contact me, you can do it through the button below. However, I will be checking and responding to email sporadically. Please sign up for my email list if you’d like occasional updates about what I’m working on and what’s coming next.