Sitting quietly, doing nothing
Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself

Zen Saying
    

 

You follow recipes, you listen to advice, you go your own way. Even wholehearted effort sometimes falls short, the best intentions do not insure success. There is no help for it, so go ahead, begin and continue: with yourself, with others, with vegetables. 

Begin and continue with what is in front of you.

The way to cook is to cook. The results don’t have to be just right, measuring up to some imagined or ingrained taste. Our cooking (*creativity*) doesn’t have to prove how wonderful or talented we are. Our original worth is not something which can be measured, increased or decreased. Just feed, satisfy, nourish. Enter each activity thoroughly, freshly, vitally. Splash! There is completely no secret: just plugging in, allowing time, making space, giving energy, tending each situation with warm-hearted effort. The spoon, the knife, the food, the hunger; broken plates and broken plans. Play, don’t work. Work it out.

Ed Brown, Tassajara Cooking

 

 

The perfect way is without difficulty,  
save that it avoids picking and choosing.  
Only when you stop liking and disliking   
Will all be clearly understood.  

A split hair’s difference,  
And heaven and earth are set apart!   
If you want to get the plain truth,   
Be not concerned with right and wrong.   
The conflict between right and wrong   
Is the sickness of the mind.    
  
Seng-ts'an

 

 

For me, the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity and the master of the instant, which questions and decides simultaneously. In order to "give a meaning" to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what he frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry.  
   
To take photographs means to recognize both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.  
   
As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is means of understanding, which can not be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shooting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one's own originality. It is a way of life.  

Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

 

At our best and most fortunate we make pictures because of what stands in front  of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are.  

Ansel Adams