Q&A With the Authors

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Recent Questions and Answers:

Does a picture necessarily fit in one category?

Question: 

Is it possible that a picture we take doesn't fully fit in one of the category? Or could it be that it fits in several categories? Sometimes I take a picture and I am not able to say what attracted my eye the most, sometimes it is just a little bit everything, a general scene...

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Of course that's the case. The point of the catagories is that we are proposing a set of training assignments, and when people do the assignments, they submit images correspond to the assignment catagory.

Naming the images

Question: 

Hello from Vienna, Austria, I would like to ask you about your view on naming the images. To me it is difficult, because as soon as I start thinking about a name, I get a feeling as if I would try to influence the way the viewer looks at the picture. Somehow that feels "off" to me. Would love to hear your thoughts on that. Besides that, I would like to tell you, that my journey with Miksang started with your book and it has been one of the most rewarding and enriching journeys of my life. After meeting Arawana Hayashi, learning from her and working with her, no wonder your book found me (though I didn't know there was even a personal connection until much later). When I started to practice Miksang it was like coming home. Thank you! All the best, Christiane

Answer: 

It does feel like naming the pictures adds something unnecessary to the experience, but they do need to be identifiable for various reasons. One strategy is to just use the location and date as a name, or some such identifier.
 
Thanks a lot for writing about your contemplative photography journey. It's great that you've found such value in the practice.