Berlin, Germany
2020 - 2022

︎︎︎ Way of Seaing: the book︎︎︎
︎︎︎ Part of Light clarity avocado salad in the morning︎︎︎, group exhibition curated by Horațiu Lipot, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara, Romania, 2021

Photography is an extension of my perception of the world, and Way of Seaing is a project (and a book︎︎︎) that describe my practice completely. I photographed the sun reflecting in the water for the first time when I was nine years old, and since then my whole practice is dedicated to perception, to how things exist, to how they come into being, to light, to how they appear to my mind.

Seeing comes before words.”
John Berger (in 1972 BBC series “Ways of Seeing”)

Way of Seaing is a body of work inspired by the human mind, Indra's net, or the interconnectedness between everything. It is about seeing, being seen, and the sea, and ultimately, a tribute to the mind.
The project consists of an on-going series of photographs of light glittering on the water, as metaphors for the mind, short texts, poems, and dreams, following a journey about understanding thoughts and feelings, and overcoming fears - by bringing light on them, in order to eventually go beyond them. 

Seeing or looking at things is a very fascinating subject for me, as I work with photography and images in general - with both real, existing, obvious images, and more subtle images, that exist solely in my mind, that I create without even knowing. This project was born from my understanding of the Buddhist philosophy and psychology of the mind, and from empirical research into my own mind, paying attention to what I pay attention to. It is clear for me that my experience of life depends on the perceptions and conceptions that I have about myself and the world, as everything I experience is a reflection of my thoughts. Their quality affects every part of my life, therefore I find it crucial to know them, where they come from and what can I do with them. And if they are not helpful, to understand how can I morph them into something more beneficial and not harmful. So I try to notice my mind and question my assumptions, to see clearly the reality I live in. Way of Seaing explores this potential of the human mind to understand itself and the world around it, and perfecting it.

“The mind mirror illumines all ingenuously.
Its penetrating, limitless rays reach everywhere in the universe.
Without exception, everything is reflected in this mirror.
The whole universe is a gem of light beyond the terms of in and out.”

Yoka Daishi (7th cent. CE.)

The light and the water in my photographs are symbols of the mind. The light reveals everything. The water reflects everything. The same with the mind: it shows what is in front of it. The stable mind is similar to the calm water, the nature of the mind is deep as the ocean, its potential is so vast and luminous like the sun rays which shine over everything in front of them. Without light nothing is visible, there is no sight, no photosynthesis, no life. The same without water.


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