Exploring the outer and inner worlds through abstract and minimalist photography
Photography is an adventure and an integral part of how I see the world. I explore and experience the world through abstract and minimalist photography to gain deeper insights into the outer world and also the inner world. It helps me to continue to learn to see with fresh eyes; to view things from different perspectives; to notice things that others miss; to begin to understand the essence of things.
"The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities. It is the kind of mind which can see things as they are, which step by step and in a flash can realize the original nature of everything." - Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"
"The only true voyage, the only bath in the Fountain of Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to see the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to see the hundred universes that each of them sees, that each of them is; and this we do, with great artists; with artists like these we do really fly from star to star." - Marcel Proust
I discovered that it is also a visual parallel of my approach to innovation and problem-solving in business and in life: to take on challenges with an open mind and no preconceived notions; to see a problem with new eyes (or at the very least, from different perspectives); to pay attention to details, but always in the scope of something larger; to bring out important elements that may at first seem hidden; to find the essence of a problem and propose alternate solutions; to be focused and generally minimalist, with the goal of creating an elegant solution with a good user interface. I strive to see things that others don't and create something new and innovative.
"We are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually." — Beaumont Newhall
"What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... It is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface." - Constantin Brancusi
Finally: my photographs are authentic. While I do basic editing of the digital images, I never add pixels that don't exist in the original photograph. I also rarely remove any pixels other than specks from dust on the lens or an occasional tiny element that I deem to be a visual distraction. This is the usual seen unusually, but all real. Beauty exists everywhere at all times - we just need to be observant. At the current time, I am not selling or licensing my photography.
"Seeing is perception with the original, unconditioned eye. It is a state of consciousness in which separation of photographer/ subject, audience/ image dissolves; in which a reality beyond words and concepts opens up, whose 'point' or 'meaning' is the direct experience itself." —John D. Loori
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Minimal use of Lightroom only.
No added pixels.
No software filters.
Background image: "Memories"