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ZEN AND THE ART OF BUTTERFLY PHOTOGRAPHY
by Keni Lee
January 1998
Butterfly, as you flutter by dancing with such speed

Please, my friend, stop and pose, thus fulfilling my photographic need

Butterfly, oh Butterfly… Grace me as you flutter by….

Butterfly photography is both a science and an art. The science, as with all photography, is in knowing one’s equipment, film and subject, as well as understanding the dynamics of light. The art is allowing one’s self to “become one” with the subject. The great Zen masters say that intuition and introspection are the keys to enlightenment, and that enlightenment is the most profound state of life that is possible. One attains this through awareness and consciousness. Within that, the paradox of “less is more”, or slowing down to notice and become aware, arises and lends its wisdom to my personal approach to butterfly photography. (more…)

 
 
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