Posted by on February 13, 2017  Add comments
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A bit deep for the beginning of this new format for aGathering but it is where my head is at.
As most of you know, I am strong on the view that a photographer should try and determine why they make images – their personal perspective or vision. It is often expressed as having intention.
I still believe that but I have been introduced to a gentler concept – inclination. Chade-Meng Tan in his book “Joy on Demand” talks about it this way:
“When the ground is sloped in a certain way, water flows effortlessly according to the direction of inclination. Similarly, when the mind is inclined in a certain way, thoughts and emotions happen effortlessly according to the nature of its inclination.”
He adds “… the skillful way to train the mind is not to exert forceful control over the mind itself, but to change its inclination so that thoughts and emotions occur effortlessly in the direction one intends.”
I will explain tomorrow how this lead to this image and the following two images.

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  4 Responses to “Easing from INTENTION to INCLINATION”

  1. John, i love everything about this image. The idea supporting it is a challenge for all of us, not just in creativity but also in our relationships and everything we do.

    Beatiful image which definately tells us about your inclination. I look forward to 2 and 3.

  2. I love the freshness and pure burst of energy of this image! Words of wisdom there to. Excited to see 2 and 3 in your series!

  3. This image instantly reminded me of the hands on a clock.

    So I keep thinking about a relationship between a human concept of time and natures more endless way of looking at things

  4. I didn’t know what this was initially but had thought you may have thrown a book into the air! Hmm… Now reading 2 and 3 I am aware of what it originates from! Think this is my favourite of the three images. Your 3 image would be my second fav. I too like the set of three in a row.

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