contemplative photography

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
The attempted expression of a contemplative perception of reality - (the awareness of the non-duality of observer and observed), through the transcendent qualities of the photograph. The fact that both practices are concerned with the "moment in time" and "that which is perceived", makes for a natural and aesthetic integration.  The sense of connectedness - the unity of oneself with nature, becomes the focus. The expression of the sacred the aspiration.

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 a man be still or Listen to all things burning? How can he 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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