Photography

“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.

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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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“The True Photographer”

The True Photographer worships Light.
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“The Art of Relationship”

The art of photography is the art of relationship. I take very many pictures, and I love to do so because I love the relating.
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“A Momentary Revelation of the Universal Unity”

For me taking a photograph is a momentary revelation of an instance of the universal unity. The subject and I are one.
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Photography Video: The Ferryboat to the Free Land

The Shin Buddhists talk about the ferryboat that takes one to the Free Land - heaven on earth. With every photograph I take, I ask whether this is a ferryboat: Can it help the viewer reach the Free Land?
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“Photography: Finding the Spirit”

We look at a sunset and the spirit is obvious to us. If we look at someone’s shoe, it seems so much harder to find. But is still there. It is just as obvious, if you know how to really Look.
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