Some years ago and recently again I had a discussion with my friend and fellow photographer and digital artist Sandra Nesbit about Mandalas.
Sandra is creating Mandalas with Photoshop and post processing tools and filter using digital images she shot of landscapes or plants.
"I don’t create mandalas for the art…though I enjoy the results. I make mandalas as a kind of photographic/photo-processing meditation. "
So what is a Mandala?
Mandala is a Sanskrit word as I learned lately which means Circle.
They are a spiritual and ritual symbol most rooted in Hinduism and Buddishm where they stand for the universe or deities.
But symbols like Mandalas are also found in Native american culture or celtic culture and around the world.
Along with the square and the triangle the circle is on of the most primoridal forms humanity is using till the dawn of mankind, but unlike the square and the triangle, which are other primoridal forms the circle is perfectly in symmetric in itself.
Symbolism of the Circle
The circle is a symbol of wholeness, of perfection, of eternity, and unity,
With those meanings, it’s no wonder mandalas are such important symbols in all cultures.
Also the circle is symbol for life in some cultures, as they don't believe in a linear life - as each end does also means a new beginning..
This symbolic, metaphysical symbolism inherent in Mandalas is what me attracted creating mandalas by myself.
Below work is Mandala created with Multiple exposure in Camera and postprocessing in Lightroom.
Her portfolio of works and mandalas can be found here:
Series - A Circle of Mandalas
Within this series I'm using the camera not as a tool of recording pictures of what is in front of the camera, but I do want to use the camera as tool to create artworks.
With the approach of acting with the camera, moving and turning it around during the creation of a image I do want to transform the "Passivity" of taking a picture into the Activity of creating a digital artwork.
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