head pillowed on arm, 

such affection for myself?

and this smoky moon



*cited in

The Sound of Water

Trans: Sam Hamill



When we photograph, we do not actually reach out and take anything.  A camera is basically a dark box with a receptor (film or digital sensor) on one side and a small opening on the other.  Light reflected from the subject is projected through the opening by the lens onto the receptor opposite it.  When we do photography, we receive an image that is reflected from the subject. Instead of photography as taking, then, we can envision it as receiving.  Instead of a trophy that is hunted, an image is a gift.

~Howard Zehr*

*cited in:  The Little Book of Contemplative Photography

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape–the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth*


Snow yet remaining

The evening slopes are misty –

An evening in spring. ~Iio Sogi**

cited in:

*John Connolly, The Wrath of Angels

**Faubion Bowers, The Classic Tradition of Haiku