Satori. Photographing deep presence; no mind.

About this personal project.


The Japanese Buddhists have a spiritual word; ‘Satori’ -translating to ‘deep presence; with no mind.’ I feel there are two sides to me as a photographic artist; a real Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde. 

There is within me a highly technical trained commercial photographer; with which I have been current and successful at. And then there’s another personality, the conceptual photographic artist, a visionary; that can be fearfully, sent into hiding collecting dust and cobwebs.... To read more about the process of this project scroll to end.



Satori 1/9. 

333 West Ocean Blvd. Long Beach.

The first in this series hat draw took me to 333 West Ocean Blvd. in downtown Long Beach on Wednesday, March 23rd. at 10:59 am. It was a demolition construction site with lots of surrounding activity and photography opportunities. 


477 images were captured. 

444 images hit the cutting room floor.

33 images were selected for the first draft.

3 final images were chosen.







Satori 2/9. 

Port of Long Beach.

The second in this series hat draw took me to Southeast Bayside at the Port of Long Beach on Tuesday, March 29th. at 12:37pm. It was at an industrial shipping container yard on the bay full of industrial graphic elements.


112 images were captured. 

100 images hit the cutting room floor.

12 images were selected for the first draft. 

4 final images were chosen.





Satori 3/9. 

Tree Portraits.

The third in this series hat draw had an added random pick out of my journal of 124 random photo ideas.  

Trees-12:06pm-Nature center.


331 images were captured. 

300 images hit the cutting room floor.

31 images were selected for the first draft. 

6 final images were chosen.











Satori 4/9. 

Abandoned on the side... walk. 

The fourth in this series hat draw provided a word, time, and place. 

Abandoned. 11:32am. 320 West Third, LBC.


144 images were captured. 

130 images hit the cutting room floor.

14 images were selected for the first draft. 

5 final images were chosen.








Satori 5/9. 

Light and Shadow. 

The fifth in this series hat draw provided a word from my journal; Light and shadow. 

I took a less literal approach to this subject matter. 

I had just received the news that my eldest brother Paul passed away unexpectedly. 

He was largely responsible for aiding in my chosen career path becoming a photographer.


277 images

19 edit

12finals

























Satori 6/9. 

Analog. 

The sixth in this series hat draw provided a word from my journal; Analog

Color negative film inverted. Electric vehicle. Digital camera capture. Photoshop merge. 


105 images

1 edit

1 finals




Satori 7/9. 

Color. 

The seventy in this series hat draw provided a word from my journal; color

I took a less literal approach.


114 images

12 edit

4 finals







Satori 8/9. 

Sidewalk Envy. 

I took a walk on the sidewalks to honor my brother Paul.


254 images

16 edit

6 finals









Satori 9/9. 

Parking structure. 

Random two words selected from a draw of a hat.


96 images

9 edit

5 finals










More about this personal project.


The Japanese Buddhists have a spiritual word; ‘Satori’ -translating to ‘deep presence; with no mind.’


I feel there are two sides to me as a photographic artist; a real Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde. 

There is within me a highly technical trained commercial photographer; with which I have been current and successful at. And then there’s another personality, the conceptual photographic artist, a visionary; that can be fearfully, sent into hiding collecting dust and cobwebs. 


Procrastination can arise out of over analyzation and fear of perfectionism; looking for just the exact word or the award-winning concept with the outcome rigidly planned out ahead of time. Although strict pre-planning is very necessary for my commercial photoshoots, it is a major hindrance to me and my attempts at being a creative free-spirited photographic artist. 


Filling up notebooks of undisciplined-unorganized thoughts, concepts, and words I can simply get so overwhelmed with too many thoughts and ideas; fearing it will not be perfect; leading to analysis paralysis I sit and do not produce personal artistic endeavors.


What.

No rules, no pre-planned ideas, no wordy concepts ahead of time. 

By the draw-out of a hat; I show up at the chosen time and location and explore a walkabout with my camera to visually and emotionally capture what is being presented for me to photograph. I don’t ask why, I just compose and shoot without overthinking it.

My camera and I are just the witness. 


How.

I am using a state-of-the-art Hasselblad X1D2 medium format digital camera to photograph this series; Also, with the use of photoshop, I am able to help create the look and feel that I envision when I make each photograph.


In keeping with the theme of this project removing as much overthinking analysis as possible; final image choices are made by two criteria. First; I choose only the image(s) that have a strong visual and emotional pull on me. And second; I have a long-time friend, coworker; creative marketing director who assists me in the image selection process.


Why.

As I surrender to the weight of rigid overplanning; overthinking and analysis paralysis; I am enjoying the freedom to create art from this new space.



 "If I could say it in words, I wouldn't have become a photographer."

www.hameisterphoto.com






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