Contemplative Photography

This past Sunday Martin J. Verhoeven spoke at his “Contemplative Photography” exhibit, showing through November 30 at Dharma Realm Buddhist University.  Nary a word about f-stops or shutter speeds.  I heard “Nikon” and “Leica” once each, and someone in the audience mentioned “post-processing”.  What Mr. Verhoeven discussed, quite eloquently, was his connection to nature, particularly the nature of a lake in Maine, and how that connection informed his photography.  He enlivened his talk with numerous references to poetry and meditation (including a particularly humorous - and insightful -  story about “standing meditation”).  His photographs were as much about him as about the lake - calm, respectful (no HDR here), and direct.  For a more detailed description of his talk and his photographs see

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