Sometimes there is light at the end of the tunnel...
so they are saying.
I think I have found new ways to take my photography to the next level.
I did not follow advices to break out and shot something totally new.
I did not follow advices to learn a new technique.
I did not follow advices to work with new gear.
Instead I kept going what I was doing already, but i tried to change my approach from physical photography
to more intellectual photography after having read this great article at Medium:
Not that I have reached the conceptutal level of the photographers mentioned in this article but it made me think about what I want to do.
Physically I I did shot rotational overlays for a while and here and there.
But it was more a thing that I can do it, but not with a plan, a idea of why I am doing it.
It was not before friend of mine showed me her digital mandalas that I realized that my rotational overlays also had a touch of mandalas.
So I wanted to understand it better, more what i was creating there.
Wikipedia defines Mandala as:
A mandala (..literally "circle") is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
Each mandala like image was a microcosmos of it's own, an own universe.
Universes are diverse, they are unique, each Universe has it's own character.
Universe - Cosmos - the next close association in a list of words was Galaxy for me and Stars and new worlds. And that leaded me down to a path of creating universes of mandalas without or loose connection to real world, but to a Universe which only exists inside the frame of the image,
which only can be observed due to the created artwork.
Realizing this concept I felt breakthrough... that i do not only play around with my camera and make some shots but I create visual universes - big or small, which might have existed, or are purely created by my inspiration.
Now I do think I slowely leave plateau behind... let's see where my way will lead me.
Room 03, Heiko Mahr 2018
XY and Oval, Heiko Mahr 2018
Current Work and Musings about photography
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