Every photograph that works is synchronistic arrangement bringing the photographer together at the right time in the right place in the right light to compose the image that makes the photograph. Every photograph that works is a miracle in that way. Is the Tao creating wonder and amazement that we pass of with "Pretty picture," on our way to something worth our time. We are that way with miracles of timing and grace every moment of every day. Wherever we are, in every moment it is a miracle that we are there, then with all that is there, then with us. And we miss it. We think, "Here I am. So what? Everybody is somewhere. What is the big deal?" It is a big deal for anybody to be anywhere! At the precise moment that everything else is with us right here, right now. It happens all the time and we don't notice it. Take your cell phone out of your ear and start photographing something amazing that occupies the moment with you. Teach yourself to be shocked that This should be Here, Now at the same exact time that you are! It will transform the way you take your life for granted. We walk through miracles of pace and timing every day without noticing any of it, with our cell phone stuck in our ear.
How we see things is a function of 10,000 things, a significant one being the way people close to us, and around us, see things. How they influence/impact the way we see things depends upon the quality of our relationship with them. Growing up means growing apart from the way things are seen around us and growing into the way we see things for ourselves. We have to separate from others in order to develop our own sense of ourselves and of how things are, and how things ought to be. Where there is no separation, there is no seeing. Seeing is seeing how we are influenced by those around us-- and taking that into account as we evaluate the accuracy of our perceptions in light of the questions that beg to be asked, and the things that cry out to be said, about them. Who would be proud of you for the way you see things? Who would take issue with you? Who encourages you to see things the way you do? Who discourages you? What is a play in your wanting to please the people who are pleased with you and being fine with displeasing the people who are displeased with you? What makes you think that the way you see things is the right way to see things? Who says so? Who are the authorities you recognize to be a knowledgeable and proper authority in the matter of the way you see things? What makes you think they know what they are talking about? What evidence would it take to change the way you see things? What do you think needs to change about the way you see things? Where are you most open to the idea of changing the way you see things? Where are you already beginning to change the way you see things? When have you been surprised to see that the way you see things has changed? Seeing the way we see things and the things that influence us to see the way we see, is opening the door to seeing things as they are, apart from how we think things are, and that is a step on the way to seeing our seeing and knowing what's what and what isn't-- and that is what seeing is all about.
A photograph that works is a prefect example of the Tao being exhibited in our daily life. Tao is doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time. Like framing a photograph, and pressing the shutter button. When things click into place, and you know that's "it," that's Tao. Living in accord with Tao is doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, moment-to-moment, situation-by-situation day-by-day throughout our life. Try doing that without paying attention. Try doing that without being here, now. Try doing that with your mind on something else. Living in accord with Tao is living centered, focused, grounded in, and aware of, the present moment, moment-to-moment, day-by-day. Distraction, diversion, disturbance, preoccupation, grief, mourning, stress, anxiety... the list is long of things that take us out of the present moment and transport us somewhere else. "The noise of the world." "The dust of the world." "The 10,000 things." Are terms the old Taoists used in talking about all that interferes, and/or disrupts, our connection with the flow of Tao. Out of the flow, we are a fish swimming on the beach. A bird flying in a cage. A dog running with its paws tied together. Being in the flow is waking up to being out of the flow, stopping, looking, listening, breathing slowly and deeply, pausing for a count of five between exhale and inhale, and bringing ourselves back into the moment of our living. Being here, now, is being aware of being here, now. Being aware of breathing here, now. Being aware of what is happening here, now-- and what needs to happen in response, and how we can best respond to the situation with the gifts/character/perspective/etc. that we bring to the occasion, without contrivance, without judgment, with compassion and complete sincerity, knowing where to place the camera how to set focus/shutter speed, aperture and iso for a proper exposure, and when to press the shutter button. Or whatever the equivalent would be for the present situation, moment-by-moment-by-moment all our life long. That. Is. All. There. Is. To. It.