I came across a very interesting website and blog today. It’s funny how one thing can lead to another and another and now I can’t recall how I even got to this site, except the Universe was pointing me in that direction. The website is about Miksang Photography. This way of photography is all about capturing the essence of what you see with a truthful eye and open mind. The picture above was just that. I had gone to the rooftop to photograph the city of Florence from above, but when I turned, this jumped out at me and I had to respond. It’s infinitely a more interesting photograph than the more common scene of Florence’s rooftops!
Here’s an excerpt from the Miksang Photography site:
“What is Miksang?
‘Good’ here doesn’t mean good as we usually use the word, as in good or bad. Good here means that our mind is uncluttered by preoccupation, relaxed and open. Its innate nature is clear, brilliant, and extremely precise…”
And goes on to say…
“Miksang, at its most basic level, is concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up—nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see—straight shooting. As we allow ourselves to become more available to the things around us without the biases, filters and formulas often associated with photography, our experience and expression of day-to-day moments becomes more rich and endlessly varied—beyond what we think. One moment, one shot. Graceful Appearance.”
This resonates with what I am striving for in many of my images. Over the past 20 years, in much of my ‘intimate detail work’, I have been photographing this way. The work is mixed in with my other more commercial images that are created for a different purpose, but my favorite images to this day are often the ones that are simple, clear statements, impressions. But in reading further, I also think that this idea can be applied beyond just a close-up detail image.
There’s much more to read on their website and the few blog posting Julie’s done over the past year. But they look like they’ll be a very good read and I would recommend delving into this site and this concept, just to expand your own creative thinking. They write on their web site of a Japanese saying that I have heard before: “what the eyes see, the heart knows”. I am definitely going to be studying this concept a lot more in coming weeks…