Archive for May, 2018

Empty Your Cup

Thursday, May 10th, 2018
When we’re full of ourselves, art cannot flow through us, neither can our richest experience of life. Often when I’m teaching a photography workshop, there is an initial discomfort among participants around ’emptying their cup’. Everyone has brought expectations, preconceived ways of seeing, established ideas about photography, themselves, and often a serious agenda for the […]

Zen Aesthetics

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
In recent posts I’ve written about  the Zen of Seeing as a mindfulness practice. Another way Zen figures into the quality of our seeing, and therefore our photography practice,  is that it offers a set of visual disciplines, or guidelines for aesthetic beauty. Much of Japanese culture puts the value of beauty—the importance, articulation and […]