Alan McDonald (1965) Alan is drawn to express a silent language in his work, reflected in notions of ”truth and beauty” in Japanese and Zen aesthetics. Embracing an Eastern philosophical approach as a process to his work requires shifts in perspective towards world and self. Ideas of formlessness, emptiness and no-self are all aspects that originate from Buddhist teachings. According to these teachings a truth and beauty is revealed in nature as a result of these perspectives and practices. It can be said that much of Alan’s photographic work manifests these influences wholeheartedly.