Tuesday, March 28, 2017


"Thus Gotama [Buddha] walked toward the town to gather alms, and the two samanas recognized him solely by the perfection of his repose, by the calmness of his figure, in which there was no trace of seeking, desiring, imitating, or striving, only light and peace."

- Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Perspectival View

"What prohibits me from treating my perception as an intellectual act is that an intellectual act would grasp the object either as possible or as necessary. But in perception it is 'real'; it is given as the infinite sum of an indefinite series of perspectival views in each of which the object is given but in none of which is it given exhaustively."

- Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908 - 1961)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reciprocal Analogy

"It is imagination that first taught man the moral meaning of color, of contour, of sound, and of scent. In the beginning of the world it created analogy and metaphor. What would be truly surprising would be to find that sound could not suggest colour, that colours could not evoke the idea of a melody, and that sound and colour were unsuitable for the translation of ideas, seeing that things have always found their expression through a system of reciprocal analogy."

- Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Everything We See

"Everything we see 
hides another thing,
we always want to see 
what is hidden by what we see."

"Only thought can resemble.
It resembles by
 being what it sees, 
hears, or knows; 
it becomes what 
the world offers it."

Rene Magritte (1898 - 1967)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Matter into Spirit

"It is not God
who will save us,
it is we who
will save God...

...by battling,
by creating,
and by transmuting
matter into spirit."

- Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Making the Invisible Visible

"The camera is not only an 
extension of the eye but of the brain.

It can see sharper, farther, 
nearer, slower, faster than the eye.

It can see by invisible light.

It can see in the past, 
present, and future.

Instead of using the camera 
only to reproduce objects, 
 I wanted to use it to make what is 
invisible to the eye — visible. "

Wynn Bullock (1902 - 1975)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


"The first peace, which is 
the most important, 
is that which comes within 
the souls of people when
they realize their relationship, 
their oneness,
with the universe and 
all its powers,
and when they realize 
that at the center of the
universe dwells the Great Spirit,
and that this center is 
really everywhere,
it is within each of us."

- Black Elk (1863 - 1950)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Penetrating Matter

“The farther and more deeply
we penetrate into matter,
by means of increasingly
powerful methods,
the more we are confounded by
the interdependence of its parts...
It is impossible to cut into the network,
to isolate a portion without it becoming
frayed and unravelled at all its edges.”

Sunday, March 19, 2017

World and Self

"To the vast majority of people 
a photograph is an
image of something within 
their direct experience:
a more-or-less factual reality.

It is difficult for them 
to realize that the
photograph can be the source 
of experience, as well as the
reflection of spiritual awareness 
of the world and of self."

- Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Intellectual Rays

"Many an object is not seen, 
though it falls within our range of visual ray,
because it does not come within the
range of our intellectual ray,
i.e., we are not looking for it.

So, in the largest sense,
we find only the world we look for."

- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

True Mysticism

"True mysticism is 
active and practical,
not passive and theoretical. 

It is an organic life-process, 
something which the
whole self does; 
not something as to
which its intellect 
holds an opinion."

- William James (1842 - 1910)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Transmuted Symbols

"The physical object, to me, 
is merely a stepping stone
to an inner world where the object,
with the help of the subconscious drives 
and focuses perceptions,
becomes transmuted into 
a symbol whose life is beyond the
life of the objects we know."

- Clarence J. Laughlin (1905 - 1985)

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Mysterious Reality

"We know that behind every image revealed there is another image more faithful to reality, and in the back of that image there is another, and yet another behind the last one, and so on, up to the true image of that absolute, mysterious reality that no one will ever see."

- Michelangelo Antonioni (1912 - 2007)

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Soul of Objects

"Nature is not matter only,
she is also spirit.
Spirit seems to be the
 inside of things...
the soul of objects."

- C. G. Jung (1875-1961)

Friday, March 03, 2017

Quiet Mind

"When the mind is
very quiet, 
completely still,
when there is not a movement 
of thought and therefore no experience,
no observer, then that very stillness 
has its own creative understanding.
In that stillness the mind is 
transformed into something else."

- Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986)

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Things Unknown

"There are things known
and there are things unknown,
and in between are
the doors of perception" 

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Symbolic Universe

"No longer in a merely physical universe,
man lives in a symbolic universe.

Language, myth, art and religion
are parts of this universe.

They are varied threads which
weave the symbolic net,
the tangled web of human experience.

No longer can man confront reality immediately;
he cannot see it, as it were, face to face.
Physical reality seems to recede in proportion
as man's symbolic activity advances.

Instead of dealing with the things
themselves man is in a sense
constantly conversing with himself.

He has so enveloped himself in
linguistic forms, in artistic images,
in mythical symbols or religious rites that he
cannot see or know anything except by
the interposition of this artificial medium."

Ernst Cassirer
Philosopher (1874 - 1945)