The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~John Greer

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen.

"I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see"

~ John Burroughs

March 30, 2012

Flashed



The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
~Henri Cartier-Bresson




Fleeting - Fri Mar 30, 2012

This week's challenge:
'Fleeting'.

(Fleeting: Passing swiftly away; not durable; transient; transitory; as, the fleeting hours or moments).


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March 29, 2012

Games


(iPhone Shot+Snapseed)

Graffiti. Pushkin Park


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March 28, 2012

Quiet Night




My soul is in the sky.  ~William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

If black boxes survive air crashes, why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?  ~George Carlin

There is an art, or rather a knack to flying.  The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.  ~Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


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March 27, 2012

Sunday Bikers



“Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.”

“I used to be indecisive; now I'm not sure.”

~Graffiti quotes

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March 26, 2012

The 7532



Just a second...

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March 25, 2012

Life




Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines - these are of trifling import.
All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.
Henry Miller. Black Spring (1938)

We’re creators by permission, by grace as it were. No one creates alone, of and by himself.
An artist is an instrument that registers something already existent,
something which belongs to the whole world, and which, if he is an artist, he is compelled to give back to the world.
Henry Miller. The Rosy Crucifixion I: Sexus (1949)


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March 24, 2012

Woman in Red



The future is always beginning now”
~Mark Strand

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March 23, 2012

Rainy Afternoon




THE CURRENT CHALLENGE

Fri Mar 23, 2012
This week’s challenge:
Rain’.

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March 22, 2012

Frames



The Unselfconscious Process

One of the most confusing and paradoxical aspects of Zen is its view of the self. Zen says we aren't who we think we are. While we are seen to exist in the relative sense, in terms of the absolute, the dance and the dancer are considered to be one. Many spiritual traditions have seen similar truths, and claim that by losing one's life, life is indeed gained. By emptying we become full. While no doubt confusing for the novice, its implication for the photographer would be to forget oneself, as much as possible, when taking pictures. This, in fact, is a very common experience among musicians and painters, who often report "losing themselves" in their art. In a sense, the picture takes itself. In the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson, "you have to blend in like a fish in water, you have to forget yourself." The artist becomes the process of creation. When something bigger than the persona takes charge, when Life itself is given free reign unhampered by our premeditated ideas of what should happen, the resultant pictures can be quite remarkable.

John Greer
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March 21, 2012

Earthquake in Mexico City



We learn geology the morning after the earthquake
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

[The Associated Press reports that a "strong" earthquake has hit central southern Mexico, rocking Mexico City. 
The US Geological Survey recorded a 7.4-magnitude in Oaxaca, Mexico.]

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