In his exhibition and accompanying book Indistinct/Distinct photographer Andrew Gash proposes landscape imagery can become more contemplative, meditative and imaginative through the influence of Zen inquiry.
This practice is a method of opening creativity inward to a more intuitive, experiential and non-linear process, enabling fresh, unconditioned ways of seeing, perceiving and being (in nature).
In this action of no-action (wu-wei), the mind is silenced, and the work is allowed to express itself.
“A state of no-thingness or selflessness is called Mu (literally meaning ‘no’) in which I become an empty vessel, filled by what the eyes see. Then I can let what is photographed flow through this Mu, without any ‘thinking’ on my part.
“The dance of Me and Mu – the dance of the cosmos.”
Exhibitor Lauren Bamford is well-known for her artistic approach to still life, food, travel and lifestyle imagery. We caught up with her in the lead up to the launch of SUN Celebrates: Her - coming to Skylight Gallery September 5.
Earlier this year photographer and civil engineer Gabriel Jia fulfilled a childhood dream to visit the Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches in Ethiopia. His debut solo exhibition, The Hidden Pilgrimage, shares his enchantment with an ancient place.