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Enlightenment and wisdom


The heart of the matter...

"Gramma said when you come on something good, first thing to do is share it with whoever you find; that way, the good spreads out no telling where it will go.

"Which is right."

--Forrest Carter, "The Education of Little Tree"
Copyright © 1976 by Forrest Carter
Zen & photography

"Let the nothingness
into yer shots."
--Golf in the Kingdom
Zen and Photography/Plain Zen
Links to enlightenment

"No one moment is most important. Any moment
       can be something."
--Garry Winograd
"When you seek it,you cannot find it."
--Zen saying

"If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark."
--Saint John of the Cross
"A visitor arrived inquiring about Zen. Master Nan-in silently poured him a cup of tea and continued pouring until the cup overflowed.

"Why do you continue to pour after the cup is full?" asked the visitor.

"To show you," replied Nan-in, "that you are like this cup: so full of your own preconceptions that nothing can go in. I can't tell you about Zen until you have emptied your cup."

Zen & photography

"I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better
or worse."
--Dianne Arbus
Words of Wisdom
Is photojournalism dead? (American Photo)
Is photojournalism dead? (as seen from Moscow)
Alumni contributions

Are you creative? by Ann Cushman
Zen lessons from golf by Jeff Wallach
Briefly...wisdom in small doses

"I'm much more interested in what reality feels like than what it looks like."
--Duane Michaels
One more thought:
"It's logical to say that what I do is an act of faith. Other people might call it conceit, but I have faith and conviction. It came to me. And I worked it out. I used to suffer from a lack of it, and now that I've got it I suppose it seems self-centered. I have to have faith or I can't act. I think that what I am doing is valid and worth doing, and I use the word transcendent. That's very pretentious, but if I'm satisfied that something transcendent shows in a photograph I've done, that's it. It's there, I've done it. Without being able to explain, I know it absolutely, that it happens sometimes, and I know by the way I feel in the action that it goes like magic -- this is it. It's as though there's a wonderful secret in a certain place and I can capture it. Only I can do it at this moment, only this moment and only me. That's a hell of a thing to believe, but I believe it or I couldn't act. It's a very exciting, heady thing. It happens more when you're younger, but it still happens, or I wouldn't continue. I think there is a period of esthetic discovery that happens to a man and he can do all sorts of things at white heat."
     --Walker Evans
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