February 7, 2017 10:07 AM
I’m flying out to FL tomorrow to visit the family for a week. No problems, just a… what do you call a family visit when you just want to see them? Anyway, I doubt I’ll be updating the blog during that time. … Read more…
Every new year I go through the previous year’s photos. Here are my favorites from 2016.
You may not see it, but I can tell I was distracted by the book. Some good one’s though.
With a couple medical appointments in Cottonwood over the next couple weeks, I’m headed in that direction. Plus I want to shoot some videos for the book in Sedona. With the cooler (colder) weather, I’m hoping Sedona isn’t too crowded (the noise of OHV’s roaring by kind of takes away from the spiritual vibe).
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I don’t remember this guy’s name. Two weeks ago, he had asked me to sit outside my van at the RTR while he filmed some “B-roll” shots for a movie he was making about people who live out of their cars. After the shot, I was admiring his camera and was showing him mine (unfortunately, his is bigger). … Read more…
Some things that may or may not interest you:
Alain had written that he had had a few, brief “no mind” experiences and was wondering if I had a more effective technique than the vipassana method (meditating while focusing on the breath).
I’ve never liked the hit-or-miss nature of meditation, so I prefer and recommend a more active, hands-on approach. My response is also the technique I use to find subjects to take photos of. … Read more…
As I sat in a little local coffeehouse contemplating a route through eastern Oregon, I downloaded and played with Snapseed, an iPhone/iPad app for editing photos (see my first attempt above). One of my fantasies is to wander around the country like Jack Reacher with nothing but the clothes on my back and an iPhone or iPad in my pocket, but I couldn’t figure out how to make good qualities photos… until now. Hmm… I can see the possibilities. … Read more…
I looked up from Ken Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything to see the valley awash in the soft, golden light of the setting sun. Grabbing my camera, I hustled down the dirt road to get a clear and unobstructed shot.
Moments later, the sun dropped behind the low hanging clouds and the scene faded to dull, flat shades of grey. … Read more…
FLAGSTAFF, AZ—When I got serious about taking photos, I did what a lot of serious photography students do: I found a photographer whose work I loved and blatantly tried to copy his style.
But here’s the thing about photography—about any art form for that matter (I include spirituality here): Once you get the theory down—once you’ve learned the techniques—you need to learn how to see.
For a photographer, you need to learn how to see color and shape and texture and negative space. For a musician, you need to learn how to see tone and rhythm and pauses and flow. For the spiritual, you need to learn how to see Love and Light and Emptiness and the Divine.
When I started trying to copy Callahan, I wasn’t trying to copy his technique—I was already well versed in photography theory at that point—no, what I was trying to do was to learn to see how Callahan sees. I wanted to see what Callahan saw before he took those photos.
There’s a saying in Zen that goes something like this, “Don’t try to be like the sages of old, try to see what they saw.”
Once you get your spiritual technique down, try to see through all the mental boundaries. Try to see the music behind it all—the tempo and rhythm and pauses. Try to see the Archetype of Everything.
Once you get the theory down, pull away all self-contraction and open your eyes to the Love and the Light and the Emptiness and the Divine.
And in no time at all, you’ll become one with your art.