In this Thesis Report I have attempted to document the process whereby my photographic concerns shifted from images of urban life to images of the natural world, and from the use of the 35mm and 2\ format to the 8x10 format. I discuss the development of my Thesis Proposal. It began when I heard a Teisho (talk) by Eido Roshi on "the preaching of non-sentient beings." I then show how my residence at Dai Bosatsu Zen Monastery influenced the direction of my Thesis work. In this Thesis Report I also discuss in some detail my experience of the two aspects of photographic work, that is photographing in the field, and then printing in the darkroom. I describe both the technical and the emotional aspects of the photographic work. In addition to the above material I attempted to answer the question: "What is the preaching of non-sentient beings?" I do this in two ways. First, I quote various individuals in diverse fields who explore the many possibilities of the question. I then give a brief statement of my own conclusions.

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Thesis; Photography, Artistic; Photography, Zen

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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Zakia, Richard


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