Contemplation and the First Year Experience - Creation Process Practices: Seeing with New Eyes
Never has it been more urgent to speak of SEEING. Ever more gadgets, from cameras to computers, from art books to videotapes, conspire to take over our thinking, our feeling, our experiencing, our seeing. Onlookers we are, spectators…”Subjects” we are,… (2)
;…I asked the rhetorical question WHO IS MAN THE ARTIST? And answered it by saying: HE IS THE UNSPOILED CORE OF EVERYMAN, BEFORE HE IS CHOKED BY SCHOOLING, TRAINING, CONDITIONING UNTIL THE ARTIST - WITHIN SHRIVELS UP AND IS FORGOTTEN (x).
SEEING/DRAWING is not a self-indulgence, a “pleasant hobby,” but a discipline of awareness, of UNWAVERING ATTENTION to a world which is fully alive (8)
-- Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing
Thus mindfulness is also about being aware of and appreciating the ordinary, of being open to beauty and insights in the commonplace (24).
Our gender, culture, ethnicity, and personal and collective histories all profoundly shape how we know and what we know, and in ways that are often difficult to bring to consciousness. Humility calls us, then, to a deep appreciation for and openness to others’ realities and to new revelations (72).
…all photographs are a kind of exchange or collaboration. And when we collaborate, we have obligations - to treat all respectfully, to be accountable to our subjects (72).
-- Howard Zehr, The Little Book of Contemplative Photography
by Hugh R. Page, Jr.
Photographs by Hugh R. Page, Jr.