Monday, December 19, 2016

Dreaming with Open Eyes


"...you go into a state almost like an aware kind of sleep, which means you’re all free, just let it be, let it become, and with tremendous compassion towards everything—maybe human beings, or nature, or objects—you incorporate. It’s almost like a... in Buddhism, you would say incarnation. You become things, you become an atmosphere. And if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you, you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do do it. And a musician can do it, and I think a photographer can do that too. And that I would call the dreaming with open eyes."

- Ernst Haas (1921 - 1986)

1 comment:

Roy Money said...

A Bodhisattva comes to mind for the first part and with that is often associated a heightened capacity to take the whole of reality into your heart and mind, to drop all sense of yourself as a separate being, and some artists do report a similar sensibility - thinking of Paul Cezanne for one. The dreaming imagery is a very interesting one, suggesting a very rarefied state -something extraordinary like your image presented. Thanks Andy.