Friday, December 9, 2011

A "Miksang Moment"

Miksang is a Tebetian word which means “good-eye” and describes a style of photography which captures the essence of a fleeting moment in time.  The moment is defined when we synchronize eye and mind, abandon all concepts and predispositions and become completely present in the moment. Miksang photography can also be referred to as contemplative photography.  
We have all had these moments, when something catches our eye and stirs something in our minds and in our emotions.  Usually, it is a very simple, brilliant, and fleeting moment, during which our minds are relaxed and we view the moment without any preconceived ideas about it: in other words, we see it with pure perception. 
For those of us who carry cameras with us, it is a moment we must capture before the connection of our sight, emotion and perception disappear.
I have many images in my photo library which have been made when these three conditions are present.  Today I would like to share my most recent Miksang experience.

We were out to dinner the other night and my daughter had ordered hot tea.  During our meal I glanced at the silver teapot of hot water and saw a woman’s face looking back at me!  No, it was not because of the wine I had consumed thus far with my meal, but a “Miksang moment.” 
As soon as I saw this, I used the only camera I had with me at the time- my cell phone. 

I captured what I was seeing while the song “I’m a little teapot, short and stout…” began to run through my mind.  I shared my capture with my husband and daughter who had been looking strangely at me as I interrupted my meal to shoot a subject they did not see.  (One would think they would be used to my behavior by now after all the years I have been photographing!)
Anyway, after sharing my capture with them, I went to take a second shot of “Mrs. Potts” and she was gone!  The server had removed my husband’s plate (which created her right ‘eye’) I took the photo anyway, wondering if I actually saw her winking at me!  Nope- my Miksang moment was gone.

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