Archive for June, 2011

Art Beyond Gimmicks

“Any entertainment that aspires to art should not work with the audience like an advertisement. Trying to please the audience lowers the level of sophistication constantly…When you try always to please the audience, you have to produce more and more automatic gimmicks, more and more plastic…As artists, we have the responsibility of raising the mentality of the audience. People might have to reach out with a certain amount of strain, but it’s worth it.”

From Chogyam Trungpa, “Endless Richness,” in DHARMA ART

Seal and snow

 

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Street photography: week twenty

“Slow down, the next picture may be very quiet and close” – Bruno Quinquet

Blue nun

 

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INDIVISIBLE EXPERIENCE

“…perception is not meaningful self-confirmation, but the experience of things as they are. White is white, and black is black…You and the experience become almost indivisible when you experience something in that way. It’s that kind of direct communication without anything in between.”

Chogyam Trungpa, “Nobody’s World,” in: TRUE PERCEPTION: The Path of Dharma Art, page 105.

Black Horse

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Street photography: week nineteen

“Expose the banalities of the new urban landscape” George Georgiou

“…I am interested in…what the relationship is between a modern planned urban/suburban space and the individual. In other words, planned public space where people can feel comfortable or familiar with but allows people to move through this space without contact, we almost become invisible to each other.” George

Brighton city centre, England

Quebec city

Brighton sea front, England

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Seeing’s not believing

SEEING’S NOT BELIEVING

“Here’s a new take on an old saying: “Seeing’s not believing.” That’s true. When we see something, we don’t have to believe in it, but we do have to see it properly. We have to look at it—then it might be true. In sharpening our perception completely and properly, we don’t have to put philosophical or metaphysical jargon into it. We are just dealing precisely and directly with how our perception or vision works as we look at an object and how our mind changes by looking at it.”

“New Sight” in Chogyam Trungpa, True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art, page 69.

 

Leaf

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Street photography: week eighteen

“Look for a window. Through a window, out of a window, or at the reflections on a window.” – Arif Asci.

These images were all taken during a short visit to Brighton, England.

Behind the curtain



Red



Saturday afternoon



Through a dirty window

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Dancing with squareness

When I photograph, I use no rules and let my perceptions govern the final image. Here is a great description of how that works:

DANCING WITH SQUARENESS

“Photographs are boxlike. We have a square camera with a square perspective. That squareness seems to be our general frame of reference. But we don’t have to be too concerned with that squareness—we could dance with it. Let’s view that corner, this corner, this corner and that corner. Above we could allow lots of space; at the bottom we could allow a lot of solidity; on the sides we could play with how we view our world. If the world is pushing us to the left or the right, we could go along with that. As long as we don’t fight there’s no problem. We could have the right invading our left; that’s okay, that’s a nice picture. If the left is invading our right, that also makes a nice picture.”

Chogyam Trungpa, “New Sight” in True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art.

Shearwater

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Street photography: week seventeen

“Take pictures where you’re not comfortable, where you feel exposed, threatened, or morally on the wrong side.” – Mirko Martin

Kids and balls

Children make excellent photographic subjects but I am never at ease when photographing them in public.

Girls

I saw these two girls sleeping together at a train station in London. I really wanted to spend some more time looking for hastily took this shot.

Naked bike

The naked bike ride in my hometown of Halifax, NS

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The basic principle of photography

“The basic principle of photography is viewing things as they are in their own ordinary nature. We should be willing to see a particular vision without expectation or conceptualization. We should have the perspective of being willing to take any kind of good old, bad old shot. We should be extremely careful and inquisitive about what we see in our world: what we see with our eyes, what we actually perceive, both how we see and what we see.”

“New Sight” in True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art, Chögyam Trungpa

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