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    1. Yes, Zen was my first thought, too, Juha, but then it sounded a bit presumptuous and therefore I left it. But the situation had immediately spoken to me, and a 30×30 print delivered what I had hoped.

    1. Juha, Zen is not, but I feared my appropriation would be…

      But then, Zen also is a lot about overcoming fear.

  1. Very….square’ish and centered. I’m not sure whether it talks to me. Perhaps a tad too dark and gritty for Zen? Or that’s just me (I guess).

  2. Well, I have read (or tried to read) books with the word Zen on the cover written by “zen practitioners” and with such a self-centered view of the world (not to speak of trying to sell their brand of merchandize/salvation to the reader) that it nauseated me.

    These people seem to have appropriated Zen beyond all hope.

    But maybe there is a possibility to free Zen from these marketeers?

    1. Juha, Zen certainly *is*. The fact that it gets obliterated by making it a sales factor for oh to many certainly will not detract from it, just make it more difficult for us to become aware of it.

      You know Eugen Herrigel’s book “Zen in the Art of Archery”? Good to read, especially with that distance in terms of time, and due to the fact that he reports instead of trying to sell.

  3. Thanks for reminding of the book “Zen in the Art of Archery”. I know of it, but never have read it. Today I reserved it from the local library.

    Of books with the word Zen in the title I did like John Daido Loori’s “The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life”. Loori is a photographer.

    The worst example (or a multitude of books) with the word Zen in the title has been, for me, the book “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss. I was totally nauseated.

    And books which don’t have the word Zen in the title may be rather Zen in content, for example the book “Mirei Shigemori – Modernizing the Japanese Garden” by Christian Tschumi and Markuz Wernli Saito. Especially the photographs by Saito.

    1. Thanks for the references, Juha.

      Zen is a mystery that came and comes in touch with my life every now and then, since I read Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” decades back. For me, Buddhism offered the seemingly easiest access to Asian religions and philosophy, where Zen Buddhism seems to be the most terse way to a different mindset. So I have been fascinated with it for some time already.

      Btw, quite a while back I took notice of your mentioning of “Tea Time For The Traditionally Built”, and since then my wife and I have read about quite a number of Mma Ramotswe’s endeavours.

  4. 30×30. cm, I suppose. That is a nice sized print. My first reaction was to the idea of a 30×30 inch print (76.2 cm)! That would certainly be in interesting print, but maybe a little to big for the resolution of a G3.

    1. Oh yes, Eric, 30cm each side. 30″ would have been beyond the limits, I guess, especially as I had not used the tripod and was forced to use electronic tilt/shift in postprocessing. But in terms of image quality to weight ratio, the G3 is simply a revelation.

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