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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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15 Mystical Photography

The word mystical is quite often used without really knowing what it means.

You often hear, “This image is mystical indeed.” And by that, people mean moody or mysterious rather than mystical. What then is the original meaning of the word mystical? The original meaning derives from religion and encompasses the idea of a personal, individual union with God. In every religion, there are mystical currents that try to reach a spiritual state through meditation, immersion, or a cleansing of the soul that opens it up for so-called divine experiences. What this really implies naturally goes beyond the scope of this book.

The most famous Christian mystic was Master Eckhart, who repeatedly retreated to solitude to empty his senses ...

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