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G. John Cole

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How to Feel like you’re Traveling even when you’re Not

Miksang is the Tibetan word for “clear eye,” and it is this attitude of openness and non-judgment that can allow a mindful photographer to discover, express and share astonishing images in the world around them. Rather than capturing an unrepeatable moment or a polished composition, it is about becoming aware of the shape, texture and color of the world around us.

Miksang photography cannot be reduced to set of stylistic rules, although you may sense an intangible thread running between the truly successful Miksang pictures that you take or observe. Rather, Miksang is about the suppression of thought in favor of pure perception. The mind, unencumbered by political or strictly aesthetic ideas, is freed to sense the presence of the scene as it presents itself as an image.


Read the whole piece at Elephant Journal.

12 Rail Trips That Prove It’s The Journey That Matters

For those of us with itchy feet, the idea of an epic rail trip may not seem too enticing. You want to get out on the streets, pounding the cobblestones along narrow village paths, or kicking up the dust on a sun-bleached mountain trail. You want to be in and out of shops and bars, chatting with the locals, finding unique vantage points for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.


Continue reading at Amateur Traveler.

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