Personal Path Through Photography:
This CD contains my images, personal thoughts and references from the Tao Te Ching.
I first started in photography I had an insatiable need to understand
how it worked. I try to satisfy this need by reading, talking to photographers
I respected and constant shooting. The learning continued by exploring
the B&W and Color darkrooms - again with an insatiable
need to understand the process. I
practiced the zone system, learned the
law of reciprocity, how to control
lens utilization, how
quanta of light interacted with silver halide... it
|General Book Notes:
are only two human forms in this "book"... the first and last
images. The first image is my shadow and the last image represents me
being lost in a "circle of confusion". The "circle
of confusion" is a photographic term defining what is in,
or out of, focus!
Also chapter 20 of the Tao Te Ching reads:
men are clear and bright...
i drift like the waves on a sea,
without direction, like the restless wind.
i am different,
i am nourished by nature.
|Chapter 1: Life and Photography
images in this chapter can be taken by a beginning photographer with
the ability to observe or an experienced photographer with
the ability to observe. The level of the photographer doesn't
matter - it's the ability to "clear away" all the complex things
and to observe simply or simply observe. Whether this simplicity is arrived
by being a simpleton or a person who has learned to make things simple
The poem can be read either across or down the columns. In either case it reaches the same conclusion... to be nonjudgmental and accept what is presented to us.
"Non Image" will not be seen by
viewing the INI from the beginning to the end. The "Non-Image"
can be viewed by clicking either the blue "Non
Image" in the INI essay or the icon on the "Index"
page. Either start a sound module containing 5 images: 1st - the solarized
nude; 2nd - the winter scene; 3rd - the old woman composited against a
dead tree; 4th - the "Non-Image"
[the void]; and 5th - the rock and the tree.
The 4th image - the "Non-Image" is shown (or not shown) with the lyrics "What once was will always be" symbolizing that we, the human beings, are temporary on this earth. The end of the audio/visual poem is "the rock and the tree" which were here long before us and will be here long after us. The "Non-image" is boundless and represents either the birth or death of the human being as it transitions "from" or "to" the next place.