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ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN: Moments Of Grace
Photographic Philosophy
(written for a Unitarian Universalist service)

Art is about evoking feelings. Good art is about the deeper, universal feelings that reflect the spiritual nature of existence: The True, The Good, The Beautiful beyond the illusion of appearances. The infinite structure of reality only hinted at in the world, but intuitively sensed inside.

The ideal artistic expression for me is to evoke some of the magic and mystery of existence, the awe and beauty subjectively felt – for me generally in nature – but not easy to capture on film..

A dialogue between heaven and earth: where the spiritual and material come together. Those “Zen moments” when wholeness speaks or peeks through and makes a mark in time. This is soul work. Revealing who and what we are beyond the false and impermanent self.

It’s about freedom. And that is synonymous with Spirit: a moment when you are not attached to the earth.

There is a paradox in that there is a lot of work and preparation that goes behind or before those moments of grace. There is intention and energy, but ultimately a Will that you are an integral part of that goes beyond the small self.

Art is a shadow of a shadow: When you perceive something in your consciousness, it is only a shadow of the reality, which is ultimately unknowable by perception. A photo is further removed, just as is a painting: a shadow of a shadow cast by the glowing sun of Reality.

The great illusion is that photography is somehow an objective art form or medium. True, it has technical aspects to it (as does painting or any art form), and uses available light to record something. But what that something is, is not objective. There is nothing fixed, or simple, except people’s ideas. A photo is a point of view, one among the infinite.

My art is not of a religious nature or theme. However, all good art has spiritual content.

 

- Eric Platt 2005


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