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Book description

Zen and the Magic of Photography is geared toward helping photographers develop their visual awareness, sensitivity, and intuition. It is designed to improve the quality of your photography by helping you to discover, create, and capture the points of intersection and merging between photography and Zen; between camera and "real moments"; between seeing and being. This is the point at which all such distinctions no longer exist, the point at which photography and Zen are one. This is the point at which we discover and create our best photographic images.

Topics include:

- The nature of Zen - The nature of photography: the two essential elements in every photograph - The relationship between Zen and photography - The art of photographic analysis: making the invisible visible - How to experience the creative process - How to make your best photographs: experiencing Zen through photography and photography through Zen - The interconnections and interrelationships between the still photograph, the photo essay, and the motion picture - Photographic examples of the points of intersection and merging between photography and Zen

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Part I Experiencing Zen through Photography and Photography through Zen
    1. The Essence of Zen and Satori
    2. What is Zen? What is Satori?
    3. Zen, Haiku, and Photography
    4. Photography and the Creative Mind
    5. Zen and the Empty Mind
    6. The Role of Intuition and Feeling in Photography
    7. The Role of Intuition and Feeling in Zen
    8. Conclusion
  9. Part II Opening Oneself to the Photographic Image in All its Forms: From the Still Photograph to the Motion Picture
    1. Extending the Concept of Punctum: From the Still Photograph to the Motion Picture
      1. Rebel Without a Cause
      2. On the Waterfront
      3. In Cold Blood
    2. Exploring the Concept of The Third Effect: From the Still Photograph to the Motion Picture
      1. The Still Photograph and the Third Effect
      2. The Photo Essay and the Third Effect
      3. The Motion Picture and the Third Effect
    3. Conclusion
  10. Part III Opening Oneself to the Light: Some Personal Moments of Experiencing Zen and Satori through Photography
    1. Some Personal Moments of Satori
    2. Discovering Color Coordination in the Moment
    3. Creating Visual Haikus from the Moment
    4. Capturing Color Interactions of the Moment
    5. Creating Continuity and Closure in the Moment through the Interaction of Paired Photographs
    6. Expanding Your Visual Awareness and Creativity Through Adobe Photoshop
    7. A Few More Magical Moments of Zen, Satori, and Photography
    8. Conclusion
  11. Bibliography