To understand photography from others and develop in my own way I have to learn how to see and experience what the images say-as if the image has its own senses-to experience the sensation of knowing-like when I learned from my grandfather how to write my own signature for the first time.
I’m finishing the book-Breath by Breath, the Liberating Practice of Insight Meditations-which I started reading one and a half weeks ago while we were Oregon. There are 16 contemplations which can be condensed into two. First: “Practice with the breathing until a certain level of concentration and calm is achieved”. Second: “Open the awareness to whatever arises in the mind-body process and see that it is all impermanence, unsatisfactory, and lacking an essential self.” I’m not a contemplative or pretend to be. I’m trying to learn some concepts and not a formula from the process. And there is no formula.
One midmorning, when there was a lull in the early drizzle, we walked on a graveled road in the midst of hazelnuts in hibernation, fog low on the hills, and dew still on the berries.
“A calm mind can be a more insightful one; insights give rise to further calm. They grow together in an alternating rhythm.”