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photography

‘See yourself in all, and act accordingly’
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

photography

‘See yourself in all, and act accordingly’
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

I have been an avid amateur photographer since I first picked up my father’s dusty Nikon F 35mm camera as a teenager. I particularly enjoy photographing people on the streets of places I visit, but in recent years I have shied away from taking photos of people who do not know they are being photographed.

I hope to communicate a sense of connection with the people or things I photograph, perhaps the feeling of a shared experience. I always ask permission before photographing a person, and I use my camera (now a Nikon D7000) as a tool for meditation – a reminder to see myself in everyone and everything.

If photography is the classic medium for objectifying others because we think we have captured some “real” difference between us and them, perhaps we can also use it to remember that different does not necessarily mean separate. Can taking and viewing a photograph become an exercise in union, or at least, non-separation?

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