Is it possible to capture peace in a photo? I don't mean the external kind many of us would love to see happen around the globe in our lifetime. I mean the internal kind, a sense of feeling centered, the product of the wrestling with God or the matrix or the internal doubts and fears we have the opportunity to overcome in our day-to-day living.
A Facebook friend in the Philippines posted a photo of a grand, towering Buddha that reminded me of a peaceful afternoon spent at a Buddhist temple and monastery, and of the feeling I had as I processed those photos that they were some of the strongest work I'd created to that point. It was as if the focused serenity of the place contributed to a photo set that bore out what I felt on those grounds.
I took these when The Hub attended a weekend photo workshop in upstate New York a few years ago. The presenter, being an all-around good guy, let me tag along on the outings. One trip was to the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, NY.
For me, these images continue to evoke peace, calm, quietness -- a momentary switch from whatever tasks I'm wrestling on a given day.
What kind of art captures that peace or centeredness for you? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.