Zen Is Not “Light”

Imagery trends in current lifestyle and travel magazines tend toward the expression of a “light” version of the world—only the most appealing aspects of places are featured. City views often appear slightly over exposed in the twilight hours, and the faces in the images are mostly of the beautiful and successful people. This sanitized version of the world does not correspond with the practices of Zen.

If you want to implement Zen into the art of your photography, do not expect the practice to lead you to experience this artificial, idealized version of the world. Zen is not concerned with the superficial. It leads you into the depth of your soul and shapes your view of the world from these raw, honest places. Zen will lead ...

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