The Zen Eye

Today was my first class with Zen artist photographer Tuan Pham at the National Arboretum. The theme was compassion and having a more inclusive perspective of ourselves in the world.  The assignment was to photograph with a "liberated eye" and to discover what we might just miss without careful observation. It was an exercise in letting the subject "choose us" and to engage it in a conversation. 

I have always been attracted to Gingko leaves as a subject, but today it was the fruits, almost hidden from view, that found me.  They are an ancient medicinal food at least as powerful as the towering tree itself. For the first time, I noticed their color, shape and texture.

The image is not a "perfect" composition, but it honors the subject which spoke to me this morning.

Apps: ProCamera, Oggl  


Wabi-Sabi: Paris #2

This is my second visit to the Jardin de Luxembourg and the ritual early morning walks in the park continue to reveal its quiet beauty. It is summer again, and I am alone with the chairs, the birds, the trees, not knowing who will come or how the landscape will change in the next hour or two. 

Apps: Hipstamatic


Wabi-Sabi: Kimono Prints

A dear friend gifted me with several old prints of women / men in kimonos.  Re-imagining them through the lens of Hipstamatic brought this traditional Japanese aesthetic into the 21st century. The random nature of the Hipsta lens and film combination always makes the final product a little unexpected.

I was inspired to create my own contemporary version using the techniques of Zentangle (more on this beautiful, meditative art form later) and watercolor.

Apps: Hipstamatic, Retouch