Photography

“Painting and the Depiction of Form”

Photography freed painting from having to depict form.
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“Revealing the Tathata”

Every photographic subject, however allegedly non-sentient, has its Spirit, its Thusness – what the Buddhists call Tathata.
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“Every Photo an Arcadia”

Every photograph should be, in a sense, a picture of Arcadia – “an area of central Greece whose inhabitants legendarily enjoyed their music and dancing undisturbed by war and toil."
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“A Basic Role of the Photographer”

A basic role of the photographer as healer: to proclaim for us that this rock, this tree, whatever, is Spirit as matter. That we may Know this of ourselves, and then of all.
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“Pure Art”

What could make pure art?  Obviously it cannot be created with notes of music and instruments, nor with paints and brushes, nor with cameras, nor with marble and chisels, since every medium has gross limitations. A medium is not full of life. We can bring it to life, but by itself it does not live.

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“The Little Things”

Photography teaches me
to see the little things,
not the wide river—
too much—much too much—
but the tiny ripples
flowing round the twig.

I learn to love Her
through Her tiny things.

Nature PhotographNature Photograph

Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

On the day the diagnosis was made, when my father knew he would die, he taught me what his older brother had passed on to him when he too confronted his mortality.

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“Beauty, Blessedness, Belovedness”

“They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.”
—Oscar Wilde

There must be infinite, ever-ascending stages of high Life Energy and many names we could use for The Feeling, for God, for Belovedness. One very high stage in particular I have delineated is that of Beauty—to be able to look at anything, even a blank wall, and feel deeply in your heart, to know at the very core of your existence, that it is Beautiful.

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“From Kensho to Satori”

The Japanese word kensho is used in Zen in the sense of “seeing one’s own true nature,” the Buddha-Nature. Coming to the realization that one is a Buddha, and that all are Buddhas: Buddhas, Buddhas – everywhere!

It is always my hope that a sufferer looking at my painting or photograph will suddenly have this epiphany, this enlightenment.

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“Photography for Healing”

When I photograph, I am Aware of my auric field and the camera's as one, and then ours as one with the subject. I travel through the lens to enter into the subject, to become One.
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“The Importance of the Tripod”

There are a number of reasons why I use a tripod for my “serious” – that is healing – photography.
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