|Rain on Water II|
Now, I have glimpsed another landscape, a landscape that is creating itself, projecting itself onto me. It is a subtle but very real difference to my mind and, to be perfectly honest, a much more Taoist approach as well.
This photograph is a variation of the image I posted on November 4th. With these images I realized that as I watch the water's surface the landscape, through the rain drops that hit it in random patterns, was creating and re-creating the composition as I just stood there and observed it. It was a bit of a revelation to me. I could control what part of the water I photographed but the landscape was creating the composition...a composition that changed second to second as the rain fell and the light changed.
This is not my landscape despite how much I feel connected to it. It is a living breathing entity of its own. Interpretation is my role in the process and offers me all sorts of creative avenues to explore but I no longer feel any artistic superiority. Perhaps that is still a bit of a romantic notion but it reminds me of a lovely quote from a Taoist master...
You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest, and I smile, and am silent, and even my soul remains quiet: it lives in the other world which no one owns. The peach trees blossom, The water flows. ―Li Po (701 – 762)
So now, whose landscape are you photographing?