I was thinking about this workshop for years. And time went by. At last 8 years later a dream came true. I spend my weekend at a workshop on ‘Miksang’ at the beautiful Shambhala Köln with the teacher Hiltrud Enders.
Miksang is a Tibetan word meaning “good eye.” It represents a form of contemplative photography based on the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, in which the eye is in synchronisation with the contemplative mind.
This is how Wikipedia sum it. You can find more details on the page of Miksang Institut.
I had a great time with the friendly group and the exercises which asked a lot of concentration. Three days we were practicing and sharing our photographs on different aspects and views. Goals – so.to.say – is that the picture speaks itself.
First one was color with the exercise-restrictions no nature or flowers, no graffiti or design, no numbers or letters, no black, white, etc.
The next theme was pattern. I had my difficulties with the definition but I tried my very best to find pattern in the surrounding world.
At last we were asked to find textures: “See it, feel it!”