Contemplative Photography 09

14 05 2012

See more posts in this series on my Contemplative Photography page.

Miksang – The Art of Contemplative Photography
Miksang is an art form centred on Contemplative Photography. Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as “Good Eye” and is based on the Shambala and Dharma art teaching of the late meditation master, artist and scholoar Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.According to the Miksang Institute for Contemplative Photography, miksang “is (at its most basic level) photography concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up – nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see – straight shooting.”

My weekly Monday Miksang Offering to you:
How did it happen that their lips came together?  How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of a hill?  A kiss, and all was said.– Victor Hugo 1802-1885

If you’d like to find out more about Miksang and the art of Contemplative Photography, check out these links:




4 responses

14 05 2012

Lovely Louise. I want to try my hand at this sometime. Are there any rules that you need to follow?

14 05 2012

It’s the ultimate question Madhu and hard to answer without sounding like a riddle. Miksang is more of an ‘approach’ or ‘way’ rather than set of rules. To me (and I’m only learning) it is about going out with an open heart, open eye and open mind. I clear out judgement and expectation and just see freshly and clearly. I don’t decide to take a shot, just feel centred, wander and look. Most times, something will catch my eye, capture me, fascinate, delight or jar me to the point I stop and say ‘whoa! Look at that!’ I hold all judgement about whether it is a ‘good’ subject etc. I’ve been captured by it for some reason, if not, move along. I look deeply to see what it was that caught me. I’m finding I’m drawn to shape? Colour? Shadow? Texture? Asymmetry? Symmetry? Space? Angles? Then I shoot exactly what I saw. I don’t try to find a ‘better’ angle, I don’t zoom, I don’t crop, straighten or do any post production, Photoshop or editing. So what you see is what you get. It’s as close to exactly what I saw and hopefully shows things that capture my eye/heart/mind. That’s where I am on my journey into miksang.

14 05 2012

Sounds awesome! Let me see if I can come up with anything half as good as yours!

14 05 2012

I’m sure your eye is fab! It will be great to see what captures you when you’re in the moment. 🙂
Actually, you’ll see I was free of judgement in these shots if you look at the grass/sand picture here. It even includes a bit of my shoe!!! Normally that would drive me insane! But that’s miksang.

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