Photography has become a means by which I can pause and let my judging intellect be quiet so that the shared nature of everything can be seen, heard, and felt. With camera in hand, I am less concerned about looking than I am with being aware enough to fully perceive that which is calling to be noticed. During the entire process of obtaining the image to making the print, my intention is to be mindful and let that mindfulness illumine my intuition. 

 

When I set out to photograph I have no goals other than accepting the moments in front of me. Some might call this contemplative. For me, contemplative is to embrace all that comes forth to awaken and arouse my awareness of reality. This is true not only the instant I click the shutter, but also through the entire process that leads to an image which just feels right. The image need not be pretty or shocking nor fulfill someone else’s criteria. It need only have presence enough to let me see and hear it with every part of my being. There is then no need to ask what the image means nor why or how it was taken. For me it is enough to relax into the power of the moment the shutter is pressed or the printer is activated; to have no fear of trusting the truth of that moment. 

 

The study, practice, and teaching of Zen have contributed as much to my photography as has any practical instruction. Fortunately, photographers who were technically rich as well as spiritual masters have guided me. I have received great benefit from their teachings. I now wish to share my photographs so that others can be enthused to trust life and its voices, audible and inaudible, in ways that these teachers have helped open for me.

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Photographs were taken with  Nikon DSLR Cameras and Lenses  mounted on a Gitzo tripod when possible. All were processed in Photoshop and Lightroom (when it became available.) The archival quality prints are made personally by the artist on an Epson 3800 with Imageprint. Color photos are printed on 22x17 Epson Velvet Fine Art. The Black and White photos are printed on 22x17 Hahnemuhle William Turner or Hahnemuhle Bamboo papers.