Little 6 x 4 prints just to see what my Road to Enlightenment series looks like printed off. Cheap little prints from asda but it’s always good to see what photos look like when they’re printed. Think they will look good on fine art paper mounted and framed too. The series is coming along nicely, getting a real feel for it. Especially as I am exploring the realms of Enlightenment and spiritual awareness. Trying to make sense of life and follow a path to maybe some kind of Enlightenment awakens the senses. Whether I will get there is another matter. Sometimes it feels like one step forward two steps back. We tend to pick up a lot of baggage over the years which is hard to give up and its quite easy to fall into the old ways.
I am constantly drawn to Nature. I have decided that I could never live in a city. I need to be able to see the trees and the fields, to lie in the grass and see the blue sky above me, to hear the birdsong and the rustle of the leaves as the wind blows through the branches of the trees. In Nature I feel safe, rested, calm….. I feel at peace. I feel I belong.
I think I’ve become slightly obsessed with Japan, but then I think I always was. I even dreamt of visiting the country once. That of course would be nigh on impossible now due to my fear of flying, and lack of funds. But that doesn’t stop me visiting places like the Oriental museum in Durham which I mentioned in my last post. I now have two books winging their way to me, one on Shinto, and one on Buddhism. I am intrigued by the beliefs of Shinto and its relation to Nature. It is quite similar to what I believe as a Pagan, that we should live in harmony with Nature, and that the spiritual beings live within Nature, in the trees, the mountains etc. I am not intending to make this project into a spiritual one, I have a project still simmering in the background that relates to my Pagan beliefs. But I do want to study the aesthetics of Japanese, and Chinese, art and the correlation to Nature.
For research purposes I took a trip to the Oriental museum at Durham. I was, literally, in seventh heaven. The displays were beautiful and so fascinating. And of course I couldn’t resist a little souvenir, a Japanese tea set to help get me in the zone for my new project. I am fascinated by the aesthetics of Japanese art. I am exploring the seven aesthetic principles of Zen philosophy and how to interpret them in the photographs I will be taking. Whether I achieve it I don’t know but it will be both an informative and spiritual journey I will be taking.