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I want to live in the second photo, and be gazing at the third. Very, very beautiful. Thank you Alan!
Can’t thank you enough for your comment, Lynn: It’s one of the nicest things anyone could ever say about a photograph so I’m deeply touched.
Your comment reminded me of Minor White’s approach to viewing photographs that he called “creative audience.” One aspect of it was to “enter” a section of the image and become aware of how you felt there. John Daido Loori, who founded the Zen Mountain Monastery and studied photography with Minor, describes the process in “The Zen Of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life.” (See: https://tinyurl.com/yaqy5y3h for some online pages that are worth reading even though the web format makes it challenging.)
Good! I’m glad, and I stand by the comment.
Funny, I just wrote about Daido in the previous post, before looking at your reply here. Great minds…! I’ll get the book. It’s time to get over the resistance, which comes from the long history with Bernie Glassman and others, who weren’t opposed to Daido, but subtle messages that one is better than another foated around, messages that are digested and become part of you. A close friend went from studying with Glassman to Loori when she moved up to Germantown. She was a painter and she loved Zen Mountain Monastery, and working with Loori. Thank you for the link – I will probably order it too.
Surprised to hear that there was anything but great respect between Glassman and Loori. They both studied and worked together under Maezumi Roshi, and came to New York at the same time to establish their respective Zen communities. Interestingly enough though, the eulogy or testimonial that Glassman gave on Loori’s death, which I just read a few hours ago, has suddenly disappeared from the web. Wonder what that’s about.
Sorry – I should have been more clear – you’re right, and it was someone else, nameless right now, who had influence over me and was jealous of Loori. There’s always politics going on…but hopefully the eulogy disappearing is nothing but a fluke.
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