Current Work [#2]

Artist Statement > I am a contemplative photographer. What does this mean for me? To contemplate means “to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully.” I take this further. It is about using my camera to express the true nature of the world, free of any narrative or associations. Remember, when someone claims that “this is interesting,” or “it looks like such and such,” they are applying filters that exist only in their own minds, not in what is being observed.

The gallery below, a snapshot from the past three months, shows my appreciation of every aspect of the visual world — not just a subset that fits into specific subject matter. It takes effort to see with an open mind, and being present in the moment makes it possible. Like “meditation with your camera,” a great phrase coined by Andy Karr and Michael Wood in their book “The Practice of Contemplative Photography.”

For information on contemplative photography workshops, visit www.miksang.com.

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