The idea of Emptiness is central to Zen practice and could be understood as a mind temporarily free from thought and emotion but at the same time open to everything,
In emptiness a realisation that the external world filters through our thoughts and concepts prior to our experiencing of it, profoundly shifts our perspectives of world and self. When engaged in emptiness these thoughts and conceptual filters drop away, prompting a direct and present experience with the unfolding world around us. In Zen it is this direct experiencing that reveals the true nature of things. This is a process I explore in my everyday, which in-turn informs and shapes my photographic work.
Part of the approach in this series was enabling the ocean in a way to take its own picture, holding the camera up as a mirror to itself, allowing the opportunity for the sky and the ocean to reveal a sense of its true nature.