March 02, 2011

The Practice of Contemplative Photography

The inexpressable is the only thing that is worthwhile expressing.
—Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing

The book The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes, by Andy Karr and Micheal Wood, just arrived at the office and I am quite taken with the beautiful artwork and thoughtful insights within its pages.

via the Book's Facebook page,

    This is a book that shows people how to see clearly, and how to photograph the extraordinary in the ordinary.

    Andy Karr is a writer, photographer, longtime meditator, and Buddhist teacher. He is also the author of "Contemplating Reality" published by Shambhala in 2007.

    Michael Wood worked as a commercial photographer in Toronto, Canada. After discovering Buddhist meditation, he began to synthesize his meditation experience with a fresh way of looking and seeing in his professional photography. He teaches contemplative photography workshops in North America and Europe.

Mission: To introduce a contemplative approach to photography to a broad audience. 

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photo credits:
Image 1: Andy Karr, Milk Lake, 2007.
Image 2: Genice Wickum, Sonora, 2008.
Image 3: Michal Wood, Boulder, 2010.
Image 4: Andy Karr, Halifax, 2006.
Image 5: Michael Wood, Boulder, 2009.

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