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May 10, 2016

Art Appreciation

As the semester wraps up, so do my final photography projects! In addition to the book I shared last week, I also created this series of lone trees with (photoshop) canvases. I was inspired by a South Korean artist named Myoung Ho Lee, who created a similar exhibit entitled “Trees.” I love this concept of seeing the earth around us as art, and appreciating the uniqueness of every plant. By putting up canvases, we naturally give more respect to objects and credit them more significance. I think we should view everything in this way.

“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” 

-Ram Dass

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