These pictures were made in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bratislava, Germany, Italy and across the U.S.for my project 15000 Buddhas. They are only a fragment of the total collection, my current favorites. The pictures are arranged in chronological order, starting when I began the project and moving through time till the present but the slide show is in random order to offer fresh juxtapositions.
Over the years I have been struck by the nature of Buddha figures, their calm, their serenity and their evident wisdom. I often photographed them. As I looked further, I saw that Buddhas were not alone. There were figures and symbols from many religions intended to cause reflection, to inspire feelings of being present and to express deeper spiritual ideas. It seemed to me that seen together, the images would resonate with one another and that their juxtaposition might create new understanding. Fifteen Thousand Buddhas is my project to photograph thousands of religious icons, attempting to capture the feelings they inspire.
The name refers to a famous thousand year old Korean painting which appears to be a single Buddha but which when closely approached reveals itself to be fifteen thousand infinitesimally small individual Buddhas all painted to create the larger image. Like that painting I want these pictures taken together to become something greater.
Each image is my attempt to see the intention of the artist who created the being as well as the qualities the stature represents.
The images come from many religions. By project’s end, I hope to have something representative of every religion that depicts godhood. Fifteen Thousand Buddhas is a kaleidoscope of pictures; a wealth of images intended to generate thoughtful and contemplative feeling. I hope it is rich enough to invite repeated viewings and to repay those viewings with a fresh view every time.
I think the best way to get an overview of this work is in slideshow mode. Just click on the slideshow button upper right, turn up Stuart Balcomb's beautiful music and settle in.
I will look at this often. Thank you so much for being you.
The spiritual essence of mankind is so relevant in today's world. This view of man's ikons is a very important effort to be taken on by an artist. You short be celebrated for it.
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