Anyone ever heard of this type of photography? or practice it?. I find it fascinating and i feel i can totally relate to it - perhaps not on a photographic outcome level recently as opposed to a frame of mind (or lack of) and the simplicity and feeling of the image i have in my mind. I was just discussing with someone, a non-photographer, but someone who has an appreciation for such things and all things artistic, creative and reflective about the use of photography and what photographers gain from their work, and why they do it... We agreed that the technical aspects and textbook rules obviously have their meaning and are tools but the real aspect of photography (or photograph that interests us) is feeling and representation on a level whether it's unaltered or an insight on the photographer taking the photograph, his/her feelings, relationship, distance, or other on the subject (or no subject for that matter) whether it's technically correct or not. Then i immediately discovered Miksang without actually looking for it, well, since i've picked up a camera again i have been looking for a field that interests me and means something to me other than a technical exercise. Street photography interests me greatly and i have attempted it and will continue doing so but i was also after something else to fit along with this. Link to Miksang Website "What is Miksang Contemplative Photography? Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as ‘Good Eye’, and is based on the Shambhala and Dharma Art teachings of the late meditation master, artist, and scholar Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. ‘Good’ here doesn’t mean good as we usually use the word, as in good or bad. Good here means that our mind is uncluttered by preoccupation, relaxed and open. Its innate nature is clear, brilliant, and extremely precise. When steady mind, clear vision and soft heart come together in one single moment, ‘Good Eye’ manifests. It is vision that is inherently pure, unobstructed, unblocked, free of depression, free of aggression, free of interpretation. Free altogether. When we synchronize eye and mind, we abandon all concepts and predispositions and become completely present in the moment. The world becomes a magical display of vivid perception. We can develop the ability to experience and express these experiences precisely through the practice of contemplative photography Miksang, at its most basic level, is concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up—nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see—straight shooting. As we allow ourselves to become more available to the things around us without the biases, filters and formulas often associated with photography, our experience and expression of day-to-day moments becomes more rich and endlessly varied—beyond what we think. One moment, one shot. Graceful Appearance." As i said earlier a lot of my photographs that i liked most from my days of my D70 were shots that technically may not have been to the book; most of the shots i preferred sometimes had no immediate subject but they portrayed my thinking, feeling, perception in its simplest form at that moment, and that's where i gain most from photography. I've always been open to my surroundings and people around me, i guess we all are to an extent. I've also always been one for looking for the ordinary in the ordinary, if you know what i mean, a lot of ordinary objects and life vastly goes unnoticed from day to day. I've also been into self-hypnosis etc and that loosely related to the 'still mind' of meditation. I guess i've been looking for or unintentionally conditioning myself for Miksang all along, or it's just one of those things that you totally relate to. It's all a matter of timing. I'll try to dig out some of my old photographs i was talking about, i can remember one in particular that stood out and i understand it more after reading about this - so you can see why i'm excited about it lol. If you've visited the site and some of the galleries you can easily sense what the photographer was all about when taking the photograph, yet if you were to look at them on a technical POV you'd dismiss some of them as being a snapshot. I'm sure there was another point i was going to make but i'll leave it for just now. Miksang, anyone? i'd be interested to hear other peoples opinions and views on it, and if anyone actually does it, and if it relates to anyone else's work, or makes them realise why they took a certain shot, or why a certain shot works for them.. wow, sorry if i gibbered on.. i'm not the most articulate writer! *edit* (found that photo i was thinking about) contemplative.