Meditating Eyes Wide
With this body of work I have combined my street photography roots with my meditation practice. I am fascinated by the details in my immediate surroundings but tend to get pulled out of purely experiencing life by the strong desire to make pictures. I use the camera, in place of my meditation cushion, to slow myself down, and as a reminder to focus on my everyday environment. My meditation practice in return reminds me to experience my surroundings even while focusing and making it into art. In the Buddhist tradition that I follow, we meditate with our eyes open. In part, this practice brings the deep state of mental awareness, acuity and presence achieved through meditation into our full life.