Sunday, May 17, 2009

Henri Cartier Bresson and The Mind's Eye

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I've been reading a book by Henri Cartier Bresson called The Mind's Eye. He makes the statement-"for the world is movement, and you cannot be stationary in your attitude toward something that is moving." This reminded me of something I had read by J. Krishnamurti. "Reality is a living thing and cannot be captured, and you cannot say it is always there. There is a path only to something which is stationary, to a fixed, static point. To a living thing which is constantly in movement, which has no resting place, how can there be a path to it?" Fascinating statements that make one think. So, how to join the river of life which is always flowing, endlessly moving on, exploring, and pushing forward? I think one has to be self-forgetful. To end all the daily concerns. To be free, open and vulnerable to life requires an empty mind. When the head does not dictate to the heart. In the act and process of photography I am self forgetful. Perhaps that's the beauty of the process for me. I feel as though I'm in the flow.

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