Empty Mind; Full Vision…
I can’t tell you exactly how, or when it happens, but it happens every time I photograph…
Empty mind; full vision…is my approach to photographing.
There’s no preconceived idea in my mind of what I will create when I set out to photograph, or what technical or creative aspects I’ll use in creating the final image in camera or through post-processing. For me, photographing is a spiritual endeavor that Henri Cartier-Bresson described perfectly: “To photograph: is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.”
It’s exactly like that; my mind is empty, yet open to the visual possibilities that present themselves. The technical aspects of photographing don’t even factor into my mind until my heart is moved by the subjects that allow me to see them. I am there quietly seeking to show others the gifts that surround us as seen through my eyes and camera. It’s a visual meditation that really is difficult to explain in full. It may sound odd to some, but I experience a tranquil state of a higher vibration, and then I pass that tranquility on to the viewer through my art.
In the image above, the day was beautiful – bright, sunny, warm, my state of mind was relaxed and filled with love and peace. Karen and I were in our favorite place: Provincetown, MA wandering on MacMillan Wharf enjoying the sights and the day. There is so much to take in when you are on the pier – everywhere you look there is visual intrigue!
I’m drawn to the water, like I believe most people are, but as an artist there’s more that I seem to see, almost a deeper vision when I’m looking…it’s that meditative state I mentioned above. I’m drawn to the colors and reflections that dance on the water; it’s almost a calling to observe more than the whole scene. It’s the artist’s job to present the details of what others might not see. So, while the viewer may see the whole scene as presented in the first image of Blue Skies the boat (click on the image above to see the whole scene), the second image is what really draws me in – the textures and colors of the details of the boat and the reflections of those colors on the water (again, click on the image above to see both views). It is the detailed images I create made through a contemplative spirit of open mind, eye, camera and heart that leads me here, to you, the viewer. I hope you enjoy and are moved by my art.
Please feel free to comment below; tell me how you like the images and what feelings they may provoke for you.
Thank you for being here.
Namaste, Joanne Bartone Photographer