July 01 2014
In for the long haul these two monks were part group taking a few days to chant a particular text.  #buddhism   #monks   #Tibet   #presence   #lovingkindness  They were flexible and warmly gestured to me to sit in when I visited their monastery high on the Tibetan plateau. They were chanting a  chenrizi text, loving kindness, and they certainly seemed to embody that spirit. www.robertvankoesveld.com  ©Robert van Koesveld Photography http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/  #RvK

In for the long haul these two monks were part group taking a few days to chant a particular text. #buddhism   #monks   #Tibet   #presence   #lovingkindness  

They were flexible and warmly gestured to me to sit in when I visited their monastery high on the Tibetan plateau. They were chanting a  chenrizi text, loving kindness, and they certainly seemed to embody that spirit.


 www.robertvankoesveld.com  ©Robert van Koesveld Photography 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ #RvK



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
June 30 2014
Easy Riders - Two Tibetan men in a Plateau town directly meet the camera’s gaze. #Tibet   #Presence   #livingculture  .These towns have an amazing ‘wild west’ quality. Lots of bikes and horses mixing with hard worked vehicles. These men would traditionally be Yak herders, and probably still are, though many have been ‘resettled’. Their dress reflects a commitment to maintaining their proud culture.The man on the right is astride his motor bike outfitted with carpets. Riding in these icy cold conditions must be bone chilling at times. www.robertvankoesveld.com  ©Robert van Koesveld Photography http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Easy Riders - Two Tibetan men in a Plateau town directly meet the camera’s gaze. #Tibet   #Presence   #livingculture  .
These towns have an amazing ‘wild west’ quality. Lots of bikes and horses mixing with hard worked vehicles. These men would traditionally be Yak herders, and probably still are, though many have been ‘resettled’. Their dress reflects a commitment to maintaining their proud culture.The man on the right is astride his motor bike outfitted with carpets. Riding in these icy cold conditions must be bone chilling at times.

 www.robertvankoesveld.com  ©Robert van Koesveld Photography 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 25 2009

REFLECTION on Presence & Portraiture

My friend, Debbie asked about my process with portraits after following the images in the LTS blog. This has helped me start to conceptualize the idea that I am drawn to people who communicate what I am calling Presence and so I engage them and then go on to take the photo when I  see them ‘present’.

On reflection I think that when I am engaged with their presence they recognize that (actually I get really excited and delighted so its not hard to miss) so they rarely resist. It seems to me that people are more likely to feel uncomfortable when there is a more purely voyeuristic process and I am seeing them as ‘curiosities’ rather than a more honoring engagement.

The more portraits I make the more it is obvious that there are, after all, 6 billion people so collecting ‘heads’ (like stamps) that don’t at least show the person rather than just their curiosity value is essentially boring. I also have learnt to relax more so that if people would prefer I didn’t take a picture I  (almost) don’t mind at all.

I guess my work as a therapist has trained me to notice when certain aspects of the person are present however fleetingly, though I think most people have this capacity but may not identify it. Debbie asked about a ‘sort of stripped down intimacy’ and I think it is an intimate process. Maybe psychotherapy and some aspects of photography can share this engagement in what is real and present.


Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
Presence 29 it turns out there are 29 days in this lunar month (consulting my Australian Government Geoscience Astronomical Information) so here is a bonus picture. When all else fails as a traveller there are other travelers (who I consider fair game) and there is something so stylish about Japanese Women Tourists a lot of times (though not as true of the men). This elegant woman was appropriately at the very refined  ”women’s temple” in the Ankor complex in Cambodia. As a bonus she is an ‘umbrella person’ which seems to be a solid category among my images.

Presence 29 it turns out there are 29 days in this lunar month (consulting my Australian Government Geoscience Astronomical Information) so here is a bonus picture. When all else fails as a traveller there are other travelers (who I consider fair game) and there is something so stylish about Japanese Women Tourists a lot of times (though not as true of the men). This elegant woman was appropriately at the very refined  ”women’s temple” in the Ankor complex in Cambodia. As a bonus she is an ‘umbrella person’ which seems to be a solid category among my images.



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 24 2009
presence 28 older mates Kashgar Sunday Market, China

presence 28 older mates Kashgar Sunday Market, China



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 23 2009

presence 27 & 28 Kashgar Livestock Market Slideshow

A bigger version is on my gallery site http://www.robertvankoesveld.com/Gallery/Kashgar_Market.html


Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
presence 27 young mates Kashgar Sunday Market, China

presence 27 young mates Kashgar Sunday Market, China



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 22 2009
presence 26 something put me in mind today of this photograph. 
 I took it of my dad maybe 40 years ago on a pentax spotmatic. Dad would be 110 if he was alive today and has been dead  many years but is paradoxically very present now for me. He was 53 when I was born. He is about to go to church and we were waiting for mum to drive us.

presence 26 something put me in mind today of this photograph.

I took it of my dad maybe 40 years ago on a pentax spotmatic. Dad would be 110 if he was alive today and has been dead  many years but is paradoxically very present now for me. He was 53 when I was born. He is about to go to church and we were waiting for mum to drive us.



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 21 2009
presence 25 Luang Prabang Laos. This senior monk conveys a beaming warm presence.

presence 25 Luang Prabang Laos. This senior monk conveys a beaming warm presence.



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 20 2009
presence 24  swimmer Rottnest Channel  Swim 2008 (Click through link is to 2009 swim)

presence 24  swimmer Rottnest Channel  Swim 2008 (Click through link is to 2009 swim)



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 19 2009
presence 23 village boy uzbekistan.
 Older than his size would indicate, due to the limited diet available in his small village, this boy seems to be developing a formidable manly presence.

presence 23 village boy uzbekistan.

Older than his size would indicate, due to the limited diet available in his small village, this boy seems to be developing a formidable manly presence.



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 18 2009
Presence 22 boys at play kashgar

Presence 22 boys at play kashgar



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 17 2009
Presence 21 present to each other. young hmong laos. The ball game allows young hmong to meet with the opposite sex as they throw a ball between each other dressed in their best. The younger children played lightly but the older young men and women had a different quality altogether.

Presence 21 present to each other. young hmong laos. The ball game allows young hmong to meet with the opposite sex as they throw a ball between each other dressed in their best. The younger children played lightly but the older young men and women had a different quality altogether.



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 16 2009
Presence 20 present to belief  uzbekistan

Presence 20 present to belief  uzbekistan



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
March 15 2009
(lack of) Presence 19 girl in museum.  .
it seems I am not only drawn to people who communicate presence but also its shadow. This girl in a museum in italy has a sign which says NO INFORMATION in four languages. Well, thats clear and oddly informative really.

(lack of) Presence 19 girl in museum.  .

it seems I am not only drawn to people who communicate presence but also its shadow. This girl in a museum in italy has a sign which says NO INFORMATION in four languages. Well, thats clear and oddly informative really.



Comments (View)
click the link above and scroll down to comment
SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG IN A READER

Follow photokoesveld on Twitter FOLLOW ON TWITTER

About

A photography blog by Robert van Koesveld around learning to see as a photographer: with my own images and process as well as whatever I think inspires, informs, extends or challenges in the struggle to learn to see. There are two supplementary blogs; LTS2 for photography and LTS3 for other Art. The links are at the top above this. They are a place to display others work that I find inspirational and that I want to refer back to. Comments are welcome use 'click to comment' or email me here:

{robert@learningtosee.net.au}

Creative Commons License
All work not marked as 'reblog' is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Please do not remove attribution or click through links from all work.

my main photography & multimedia site

www.robertvankoesveld.com

my/our book

www.fremantlepress.com.au

buy my work on red bubble

Buy my art

blogs I am following

the travel photographer

the luminous landscape

politics theory & photography

duckrabbit

prison photography

the spinning head

...

recent stuff I like on tumblr

See more stuff I like