The best way to describe my photographic style is meditative, simple, free of judgement, open and unrestrained. The images that I capture come from my eye and not from my camera; the camera is simply a tool to record light levels. I am not interested in using my camera to create or capture something I cannot visually experience.
I always shoot alone. My state of mind is very calm and open. The only equipment I use to capture images is my camera and a lens. The type of lens is chosen before I start the shoot, so my mind is free to observe rather than be distracted by thoughts of which equipment to use. I spend a lot of time simply observing and waiting for a perception to arise. When I see something, I will spend time processing what I see so that I only capture the elements of the perception that ‘stopped me’. I describe this process in more detail in the Preface of my book, Sable Island:
“After immigrating to Canada in late 2004, I discovered the technique of contemplative photography and the teachings of Miksang. Founded on the Shambhala Buddhist and Dharma art teachings of the late meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates into “Good Eye.” This approach to photography liberates the mind of the habitual dialogue that occurs whenever we see something, and which warps the original perception. A brilliant blue bus on a sunny day moving alongside a pasture of green grass may, for a fraction of time, stop our minds as we experience the strong elements of the perception. However, very soon after, the mind generates a stream of judgements, labels, associations, and memories that change the initial perception and the brilliant blue bus becomes just another bus. Through the teachings of Miksang, one learns to stop this dialogue from occurring so that the direct mental connection is maintained with the image. We are held there with this perception, experiencing its raw elements. It is the unconditional perception.”