Zen and Street Photography

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All images by Carlo Maccheroni. Used with permission.

One of the essential factors in the practice of street photography and other arts that are all about immediacy, is the fact that true masters don’t think about their photos: they just shoot them. Nor are they intended to provide aesthetic enjoyment out of the compositional process, but instead immortalize the ultimate reality. Thus, street photography is not done just to obtain an image in the same way that the dancer dances not only in order to execute rhythmic movements. Above all, it is harmonized with the unconscious conscious.

To be a true master of street photography is not enough technical mastery. You need to go beyond this point, so that the domain becomes “artless art”, emanating from the unconscious.

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