Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing by Philippe L. Gross

By Philippe L. Gross

This provocative, visually attractive quantity attracts upon Taoist teachings to discover the artistic and religious dimensions of the artwork of images. Excerpts from the Taoist vintage the Chuang-tzu and the writings of Western aesthetes are complemented by means of over 60 images from the paintings of such canonical photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Stieglitz, and Dorothea Lange. Lucid tutorial textual content and enlightening workouts guarantee that photographers of all degrees may be capable of include the teachings of the Tao into their very own paintings.

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Smith’s comment hints at another Taoist concept—that when attuned to the Tao, an individual can be effortlessly creative and productive. The Chinese expression for this concept is wu-wei, and it is another of the characteristics of the sage in the Chuang-tzu. Wu-wei Superiors must adopt inaction and make the world work for them; inferiors must adopt action and work for the world. ” This seems to correspond to the photographer Brett Weston’s observation: “When I photograph, I don’t have anything in mind except the photograph.

Gift of Paul S. Taylor In photography, being nonattached—especially to conventional perception—plays an important role in the photographer’s ability to be aware of the constant flux of life and therefore responsive to new or changing scenes. In The Art of Seeing, Derek Doeffinger advises photographers to release their expectations so that they can be free to resonate with the environment they photograph: Don’t try to subdue a subject to your way of thinking—you can’t push a piano through a porthole.

That is, when the sense of self does not clutter perception, the practice of the liberated photographer can be transformed by te—charged with spontaneous, creative power. Philippe L. Gross, Meatdome London, 1986 IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM Self-Portrait on Geary Street, 1958 � 1970 The Imogen Cunningham Trust AS I PROGRESSED FURTHER WITH MY PROJECT, IT BECAME OBVIOUS THAT IT WAS REALLY UNIMPORTANT WHERE I CHOSE TO PHOTOGRAPH. —GEORGE TICE GEORGE A. TICE Hayfork Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1968 � George A. Tice Free and Easy Wandering So the sage has his wanderings.

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