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Medititation - Classifications

Question: 

I have gone through the book a while ago. I did have a good sense of the topic beforehand. Sometimes I feel what you are asking is overwhelming because flashes comes to me naturally, or at least this is what I think! I also have looked through the galleries and I wonder how can we make sure that it is a flash of perception. I mean I can just take any photo and submitted as a contemplative photograph? I got lost with classifications, sometimes a photo has colors, lights and shadows and textures for instance. I go to spaces gallery, I see colors and shadows besides spaces what is he bottom line for classifications?

Answer: 

These are good questions. Yes, flashes of perception come naturally, but we often overlook them. The practice helps us recognize the natural process so that we can learn to bring out our inate capabilities instead of cover them over.
 
The criteria for classifying images is internal, not objective. The point of the assignments is to provoke flashes of perception connected with the intention of a particular assignment. If the intention is color, that should spark certain perceptions and the images should reflect that.
 
You should be able to identify what triggered a particular flash through the visual discernment. That's the basis for the classification.

Permission required?

Question: 

Hello, I'm currently working on a short article (somewhat a summary for your book) to be posted in my blog (in Arabic). However, because of the lack of material from my side, I would love to take examples for each assignment from your website to be displayed in the post when it is due - if done, a mention for the resource will be due of course (as the article is already a summary of your book in the first place). Thus, I'd kindly like to request a permission to use some shots from this website. Thanks! TJ

Answer: 

TJ, this sounds like a very nice project. The copyright for images on this site is retained by the photographers. As a registered user you can contact them directly for permission to use their work.