contemplative photographic studies

At the still point ...

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is ...
Burnt Norton.   T.S.Elliot
Welcome to TIME and TIDE, an ongoing photographic study of the intertidal zones of British Columbia. 

The notion of “a contemplative photography” has been considered by various photographers from the Buddhist “Miksang Society” to the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. 
To consider perception through a clear and unencumbered lens - a purer, truer vision where observer and the observed may become one.
The fact that both meditative and photographic practices consider the "moment in time" and "that which is perceived", makes for a natural and aesthetic integration.
The sense of connectedness - the intimate union of oneself with nature, becomes the focus. The expression of the sacred the aspiration.
David Molyneaux.                                                                                                               

Be still
Listen to the stones of the wall. Be silent, they try
To speak your
Listen to the living walls. Who are you?
Are you? Whose
Silence are you? ...
“I will try, like them
To be my own silence:
And this is difficult. The whole
World is secretly on fire. The stones
Burn, even the stones
They burn me. How can one be still or Listen to all things burning? How can one dare To sit with them when
All their silence
Is on fire?”
Thomas Merton. The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton, (New York: New Directions, 1977), 280-281. 

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