Darshana Photo Art: Blog https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Darshana Photo Art images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:24:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:24:00 GMT https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u672508383-o50688000-50.jpg Darshana Photo Art: Blog https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog 85 120 Transpires Immersive Exhibition coming in March 2019 https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2019/1/transpire

Goldsmiths, University of London & the Royal College of Art in association with Shambhala Art & the Art Monastery present That Which Transpires Behind That Which Appears - an immersive moving-image interaction using state-of-the-art projection-mapping.

At: Sonics Immersive Media Labs, St James Hatcham Church, Goldsmiths (Directions here)

Event Reception: Thursday 7th March at 6pm including live set from The Soul Immigrants

Exhibition dates: 5-9th March, daily 12 noon - 8pm (Saturday 9th, 2-8pm)

Artists: Gerry McCulloch | Claire Van Rhyn | Betsy McCall

www.Transpires.info
 

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Art Monastery Betsy McCall Claire Van Rhyn Gerry McCulloch Goldsmiths Royal College of Art Shambhala Art Sonics Immersive Media Labs That Which Transpires Behind That Which Appears Transpires https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2019/1/transpire Wed, 30 Jan 2019 17:39:15 GMT
In Conversation with legendary cinematographer Cesar Charlone https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2019/1/cesar Great to meet legendary cinematographer Cesar Charlone (City of God / The Constant Gardner / Blindness) last week. Cesar was in conversation with Gerry McCulloch at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Cesar Charlone Gerry McCulloch Goldsmiths https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2019/1/cesar Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:22:42 GMT
The Day I Met Vittorio Storaro https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/11/storaro I had a fab time at the Camerimage festival in Bydgoscz, Poland this week topped off by meeting Vittorio Storaro last night.

Camerimage is the international festival of the art of cinematography and Vittorio is widely regarded as the world's most accomplished cinematographer. He is a long time hero of mine and his films include The Conformist, Apocalypse Now and The Last Emperor.

Vittorio spent the last five years photographing Mohammad: Messenger of God directed by Majid Majidi- coming to our screens soon.

Mideast Iran Portraying The ProphetMideast Iran Portraying The ProphetIn this picture taken on Jan. 30, 2013, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, center, director of “Muhammad, Messenger of God” movie conducts a scene of the movie, in Allahyar village 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. In Islam, portraying the Prophet Muhammad has long been taboo for many. In the new 190-minute film, the story focuses on Muhammad’s childhood, never showing his face. The movie instead focuses on others to tell his story. (AP Photo/Nourtaban Film Industry, Mohammad Foghani) What a privelige to listen to Vittorio eloquently discussing his creative process - his sophisticated theories of light and colour and how he seamlessly integrates spiritually and art to produce breathtaking moving images.

Another highlight of the week was Ryszard Lenczewski discussing how his still-image photographic work during the preproduction of My Summer of Love enabled him to evolve such captivating moving-images. What a privelege to spend time with so many talented artists e.g. Chris Menges (The Killing Fields), Slawomir Idziak (The Double Life of Veronique) and Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love) - all generously sharing their creativity. And the party tricks weren't bad either.

Sadly I missed my private view at Portrait Salon on Thursday - but luckily Kaori was able to be there.

 

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Camerimage Gerry McCulloch Vittorio Storaro https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/11/storaro Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:54:48 GMT
Four Darshana Photo Art Pictures in London Independent Photography Exhibition https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/10/lip15

Four Darshana Photo Art pictures by Gerry McCulloch are featured in the London Independent Photography Exhibition at Embassy Tea Gallery, London Bridge. Entry is free and the exhibition runs until 1st November, 10am - 7pm daily.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Embassy Tea Gallery Gerry McCulloch London Independent Photography https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/10/lip15 Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:56:56 GMT
Darshana Photo Art picture selected for Portrait Salon https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/10/portrait-salon

A Darshana Photo Art picture by Gerry McCulloch has been selected for Portrait Salon, an exhibition to be held at Embassy Tea Gallery in London Bridge in November. This same picture is part of a selection of four pictures by Gerry McCulloch that are currently on show at the London Independent Photography exhibition, also at Embassy Tea Gallery.

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Portrait Salon runs from 19th to 22nd November and admission is free. The exhibition then travels to Tokyo where it will be showing at the Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Embassy Tea Gallery Gerry McCulloch London Independent Photography Portrait Salon Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/10/portrait-salon Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:32:44 GMT
Darshana Photo Art picture shortlisted for Taylor-Wessing Prize - again https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/10/tw15 Anticpating the IndeterminateAnticpating the Indeterminate

I'm having Deja Vu . . . This Darshana Photo Art picture by Gerry McCulloch made it into the final shortlist for the prestigious Taylor-Wessing Portrait exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, but alas did not make it into the exhibition. Fromf around 2,200 entries, it made it into the final 150, with 60 pictures being selected for the exhibition. Never mind, its part of a selection of four pictures by Gerry McCulloch currently showing in the London Independent Photography exhibition.

 

Tara Rokpa

Bizarrely the same thing happened to me last year with the above picture.

 

It feels a bit like Albion Rovers making it into the semi finals of the Scottish Cup two years running and going out in the penalty shoot-out on both occasions.

 

The Taylor-Wessing Portrait exhibition runs from 12th November until 21st February at the National Portrait Gallery. Entry costs £3.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Albion Rovers Darshana Photo Art Gerry McCulloch London Independent Photography National Portrait Gallery Taylor-Wessing https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/10/tw15 Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:13:41 GMT
Filming Burma's Lost Royals https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/7/lost-royals I've recently returned from filming the documentary Burma's Lost Royals with Director Alex Bescoby and his team.

During filming, we were privileged to enjoy a fascinating interview with Burma's pre-eminent Historian Thant Myint-U, author of River of Lost Footsteps.

Exactly 130 years ago, Britain occupied Burma and toppled it's thousand year old monarchy, sending the country on a journey into confusion and tyranny from which it's only beginning to emerge. In November 2015, Burma will stage it's first free elections in more than half a century. While many in Britain are looking on in trepidation as Burma takes it's first tentative steps towards the possibility of a democratic new era, only by examining the specifics of Burma's complex history is it possible to make sense of the events that are unfolding today.

We also interviewed influential Burmese Artist Htein Lin. (I previously met up with Htein outside the Tate Modern and in Yangon around a year ago. Htein is a former political prisoner who is currently engaged in making a large scale artwork entitled A Show of Hands. Htein's artwork involves plaster casts of the arms of 1,000 Burmese political prisoners. Read more . . .

We enjoyed many adventures too numerous to mention, such as attending an unforgettable children's Gospel performance in a Yangon church and meeting up with author Rupert Arrowsmith in Yangon's most exclusive yet deserted restaurant. More updates soon . . .

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) A Show of Hands Alex Bescoby Burma Gerry McCulloch Htein Lin River of Lost Footsteps Rupert Arrowsmith Thant Myint-U Yangon https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/7/lost-royals Sun, 12 Jul 2015 16:27:47 GMT
Darshana Photo Art picture in Los Angeles Exhibition https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/6/los-angeles Hieizansakamoto | Japan This Darshana Photo Art picture by Gerry McCulloch is currently showing at the Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art. The exhibition features a selection of work by 40 international artists curated by Joanna Szupinski-Myers of the California Museum of Photography. Exhibition dates are June 11th to July 3rd.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Gerry McCulloch Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/6/los-angeles Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:27:31 GMT
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Fancy a quick adventure in a Tibetan corner of India without the dust ? Please be my guest and checkout this new Darshana Photo Art gallery of pictures from Bodh Gaya and Varanasi including HH 17th Karmapa, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and more . . .

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Bodh Gaya Darshana Photo Art HH 17th Karmapa Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche Kagyu Monlam Chenmo Varanasi https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2015/4/monlam Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:07:02 GMT
Visit to Satyajit Ray Film School in Kolkata https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/11/satyijatray In 2006, I launched the Goldsmiths MA in Filmmaking. The programme is currently evolving into the new Goldsmiths Screen School. The purpose of my visit to India is to combine lectures on Visual Storytelling with stimulating awareness of the Screen School and meeting prospective applicants.

On my first evening in Mumbai, its great to catch up with friend and ex-student Richie Taneja at the Taj Palace Coffee House in Colaba.  

Next morning, its time to dive into a week of lectures and meeting agents and prospective students at University Media Departments and Recruitment Fares around India. I especially enjoy giving talks at Indira School of Communication and FAD International Academy in Pune, a short flight from Mumbai.

On Wednesday morning, I need to catch an early morning flight from Pune to Kolkata. However, on checking out of my hotel, I realise that I’ve left my wallet at a Fabindia store the previous evening (divine retribution). 

The delay caused by my lack of necessary plastic at hotel check-out and flight check-in means that by the time I make it through to the departure lounge my name is being paged all around the airport. It turns out that the plane is already fully boarded and is waiting for a final passenger - guess who ?

This leads to a mad dash across the tarmac to my waiting plane, dodging luggage trolleys and the like (so wish I had a picture of this). I’m sorry to admit that I was that late person that everyone stares at for holding up the flight.

The highlight of my trip to Kolkata is a visit to the Satyijat Ray Film School - the most prestigious film school in India. My visit is facilitated by the very wonderful Debashish Ghoshal, Head of Sound Design.

It is my great pleasure to meet Neeraj Sahay, Professor of Cinematography at SRFTI and to spend time with his students on a moonlit lighting setup. They are filming with an Arriflex 435 35mm film camera - very nice too !

My colleague Edd, from Goldsmiths International Office and myself hold exploratory meetings with Director of SRFTI, Professor Sanjaya Pattanayak and the Dean of SRFTI, Professor Nilotpal Majumdar about initiating a collaborative relationship between Satjiyat Ray Film School and the new Goldsmiths Screen School.

In addition, it is encouraging for myself personally to have the opportunity to discuss my Isolates AVPhD project with Satyajit Ray staff. Nalanda is a relatively short distance away, and Debashish is hoping to put me in touch with some Bengali scholars of Pala Dynasty Art.

At the end of the week I find time to pursue my research at the Indian Museum in Kolkata. However much of the permanent collection of Buddhist Art is currently in an exhibition in Tokyo until May. (Luckily, I have a possibility of catching this exhibition at the end of March.)

Lotus of the HeartLotus of the Heart When checking out the publications unit, I chance upon one of my favourite passages from Chandogya Upanishad (slightly modified):

 

In the city of Darshana

There is a secret dwelling

Called the Lotus of the Heart

 

Inside that dwelling 

There is a space

And inside that space

Lies the fulfilment of all your desire . . .

This is my first visit to Kolkata and I love the colour and infectious energy of the city. Just driving around the streets in a yellow Ambassador taxi or jumping on a tram is an exuberant experience.

For now though its time to head back to London for the last few weeks of term at Goldsmiths, although I hope to return to Kolkata before long.

Special thank you to Ritwika.

Meanwhile my hotel in Pune have retrieved my wallet from Fabindia. But I’m hundreds of miles away on the other side of India and about to fly back to London. Hmmm . . .

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Chandogya Upanishad Debashish Ghoshal FAD International Fabindia Goldsmiths Indian Museum Indira College of Communications MA in Filmmaking Nalanda Neeraj Sahay Professor Nilotpal Majumdar Professor Sanjaya Pattanayak SRFTI Satyijat Ray Film School https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/11/satyijatray Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:35:02 GMT
Teaching Visit to Singapore https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/11/kampong During this visit I’m staying in the Kampong Glam district of Singapore opposite Arab Street, near Sultan Mosque- a vibrant neighbourhood replete with Middle Eastern style al fresco restaurants and music bars.

The selfie phenomenon appears to be getting a little out of hand in Singapore.

My working week commences with a visit to Photographer Paul Kohl at Nanyang Technological University

As usual, Paul and I have a lively discussion, during which I update him about the progress of my Isolates AVPhD and Identity collaboration with Gisli Snaer, Head of the Puttnam School of Film at Lasalle College of the Arts.

I am especially looking forward to utilising an EyeDirect Interrotron device to create slow motion moving-image portraits that involve engaging the eye contact of participants. 

I intend to screen these images cinema-size as components of future twin exhibitions in London and Singapore. The work involves much planning and I should be ready to commence filming in June - July.

On to the Puttnam School of Film at Lasalle College of the Arts where I’m running film module design sessions for staff . . . 

. . . and teaching Visual Storytelling to undergraduate film students.

As well as teaching sessions and the staff collaboration with Gisli, I’m facilitating a student collaboration between both sets of students on this trip.

The project involves Goldsmiths and Lasalle students collaborating on grading the locked picture cuts of this year’s Goldsmiths graduation films that will be screened at BAFTA in January. My Goldsmiths student cinematographers are excited to be visiting Singapore over the next few weeks. Watch this space for updates . . .

After a hard working week, it was time for my other friend Paul and I to enjoy Saturday night out on the town. We started the evening at a lovely Japanese restaurant in Kandahar Street and moved on to see a great live band at the Blue Jazz cafe in Bali Street . . .

. . . not to mention belly dancing in the streets of Kampong Glam.

Luckily I woke up on Sunday morning just in time to catch my flight to Mumbai. As I depart for India, my first two student cinematographers - Mary from Ireland and Chris from Ecuador - arrive in Singapore to begin their collaboration at Lasalle . . .

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) BAFTA EyeDirect Gisli Snaer Identity Isolates of Valid Perception Lasalle College of the Arts Nanyang Technological University Paul Kohl Puttnam School of Film https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/11/kampong Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:57:58 GMT
Opening of ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at The Mall Galleries https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/11/ing14 Four Darshana Photo Art pictures by Gerry McCulloch (including the above) are in the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at The Mall Galleries opening this Thursday 13th November.

 

Unfortunately I’m not able to attend as I’m out of the UK for the duration of the exhibition on a working visit to Singapore and India. But hope you can go . . .

 

The exhibition runs until Sunday 23rd November and all artworks are for sale. Admission is free.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Gerry McCulloch ING Discerning Eye Exhibition The Mall Galleries https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/11/ing14 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:24:49 GMT
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/11/tw14 This Darshana Photo Art picture by Gerry McCulloch made it into the final round of judging for the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 - but alas was not selected for the exhibition.

 

The Taylor Wessing Prize is one of the most prestigious photographic portrait prizes in the world - coming this close to being selected is almost an achievement in itself.

 

Out of around 5,000 submissions, this picture entitled Tara Rokpa made it into the last 200, although I have no way of knowing how close it came to the final selection of 60 images. 

 

The photo is from a visit to Tara Children’s Project in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, North East India earlier this year during filming of the documentary Akong: A Remarkable Life. 

 

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday 13th November and runs until 22nd February. Admission is £3.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Gerry McCulloch National Portrait Gallery Tara Children's Project Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/11/tw14 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:24:35 GMT
Dulwich Picture Gallery Prize https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/9/prize ‘Ohuna’ a Darshana Photo Art picture by Gerry McCulloch won an award at the Dulwich Picture Gallery Open Exhibition last night.

570 pictures were submitted for judging,120 were selected for exhibition and 3 prizes were awarded during the private view by Ian Dejardin, Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Other judges included Fine Art professor Rebecca Fortnum, and artists Clive Head and Nicki Hirst.

Ohuna is a picture from a visit to Japan over Christmas and New Year 2013.

 

It was really nice to meet other exhibiting artists like Hermione Carline (pictured). Coincidentally, Hermione’s artwork is also from a visit to Japan - in her case to Kyoto.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Dulwich Picture Gallery Open Exhibition Gerry McCulloch Hermione Carline Ohuna https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/9/prize Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:24:09 GMT
National Open Art Exhibition 2014 https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/9/noa14 Last night Kaori and I attended the National Open Art Exhibition private view at Somerset House. While I don’t actually have a picture in this exhibition, I did make it into the final round of judging and you can purchase my artwork for a snip on the exhibition website

It was great to meet other artists like Liz Rajmohani Mundle and Emiko Aida (pictured with Kaori). Emiko won the Ward Thomas Prize for her etching and aquatint triptych Requiem.

 

When I arrived at Somerset House I had the good fortune of sharing a lift with Antony Gormley (Angel of the North).

As most of you know, Antony is a Goldsmiths alumnus and (like several other Goldsmiths alumni) is a former Turner Prize winner. He gave the opening speech of the evening.

Undoubtedly the osmosis of rubbing shoulders with so many creatives in such a tight space had a stimulating effect on me. After quaffing several glasses of a particularly delightful vintage, I began to fantasise about how ahead of my era I might eventually become - given time of course (hic).

The National Open Art Exhibition runs from 18th September to 25th October at Somerset House in The Strand and is free to enter. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is the exhibition patron.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Antony Gormley Emiko Aida Liz Rajmohani Mundle National Open Art Exhibition Ronnie Wood Somerset House https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/9/noa14 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:30:16 GMT
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Gallery https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/9/mall Four Darshana Photo Art pictures by Gerry McCulloch have been selected for for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at The Mall Gallery. The exhibition runs from Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd November. Entry is free and and all pictures are for sale. If you happen to be in Central London during those dates, please pop in to the Mall Gallery at the Trafalgar Square end of The Mall adjacent to the ICA.

The Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small artworks independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector's section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole. The Exhibition provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names.

 
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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) . Darshana Photo Art Gerry McCulloch ING Discerning Eye Exhibition The Mall Gallery https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/9/mall Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:13:23 GMT
Dulwich Picture Gallery Open Exhibition 2014 https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/8/dulwich Open Exhibition2.inddOpen Exhibition2.indd Two Darshana Photo Art pictures by Gerry McCulloch have been selected for the Dulwich Picture Gallery Open Exhibition 2014 and one of them is being used as the emblem of the exhibition in publicity and marketing material (please see above). The exhibition runs from 30th September to 12th October and all pictures are for sale. If you happen to be in South London on those dates, please pop in to check out the artworks and consider voting for one of Gerry's pictures for the People's Prize ! Dulwich Picture Gallery was the UK's first purpose-built public art gallery that was free to enter for all.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Dulwich Picture Gallery", "Darshana Photo Art", "Gerry McCulloch" Exhibition" Open https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/8/dulwich Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:19:20 GMT
Maverick Zen Traces Exhibition https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/8/maverick

On 2nd July 2015 students of Zen Master Shinzan Miyamae will be celebrating his eightieth birthday with an exhibition of his calligraphic hanging scrolls at Somerset House in London.

 

Bokuseki is a Japanese term translated as "ink traces". It refers to the art of calligraphy with sumi ink and brush. Like many great Zen masters, Shinzan Roshi has a strongly independent, maverick streak and the exhibition is accordingly entitled Maverick Zen Traces. 

 

I recently photographed these Zen scrolls, some of which are hundreds of years old, for Zenways in Camberwell who are organising the exhibition. Full gallery here. More info soon . . .

 
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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Bokuseki Calligraphy Maverick Zen Traces Shinzan Miyamae Shinzan Roshi Somerset House Zen Zenways https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/8/maverick Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:04:00 GMT
May 2014 Visit to Singapore https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/6/singapura After a stimulating visit to Yangon, I took a short flight to Singapore to work at the Puttnam School of Film at Lasalle College of the Arts for a week.

Heading out of the cityscape at the end of the week, it was a pleasant contrast to check out nearby flora and fauna.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore The Puttnam School of Film https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/6/singapura Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:42:20 GMT
Slate 1 Take 1 https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/6/slate-1  

Slate 1 Take 1 from Rachit Sai Barak on Vimeo.

Checkout this short BFI documentary made by Ratchit Sai Barak. Rachit is a Cinematography graduate from last year's Goldsmiths MA in Filmmaking. The subject of his film is three of his fellow Cinematographers on the course - Tatjana Hafenbraedl, Simona Brambila and Chia Han Hsu. Rachit is from India, Tatjana is from Germany, Simona is from Italy and Chia Han is from Taiwan.

Right after their last gradation shoots, 3 cinematography students, reflect upon their 11 months journey in London. The film is an account about these students who share how they have changed in last few months, challenges they have overcome, relationships they have developed and their aspirations for future. In the college studio and on their last student film set, they talk about how their experiences this year that have shaped their knowledge about themselves, the sector and people around them.

Filmed by the cinematographers themselves, the film is a collaborative project to highlight some of the personal and professional challenges faced by young cinematographers who move to London to find work or to study filmmaking. The film was made as part of BFI Doc Next Media Lab 2013.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Rachit Sai Barak Tatjana Hafenbraedl", "Simona Brambila", "Chia Han Hsu", BFI, Goldsmiths, "MA in Filmmaking", "Slate 1 Take 1" https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/6/slate-1 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:29:53 GMT
Visit to Burma https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/5/yangon I arrive in Burma under ominous skies. Recalling my predilection for monsoon adventures, black rain clouds gather two weeks early in order to witness my arrival. In the distance, the soaring Shwedagon Pagoda defies the gathering storm and illuminates the gloom with golden rays of optimism. Yangon Picture gallery here.

I’m visiting Yangon as a representative of Media Academic Partners (MAP) at Goldsmiths in response to Aung San Suu Kyi’s invitation for UK Universities to participate in the regeneration of Burmese education and training. In return, we plan to invite Rector U Kyaw Oo (below on my right) and Pro-Rector U Htun Ohn (below on my left) of the National University of Arts and Culture to Goldsmiths via the British Council in Yangon.

My purpose on this initial visit is to assess Media and Arts training needs that Goldsmiths may be able to assist in providing. The subject areas I’m exploring are Art, Media and Culture generally - including Photography, Film, Television, Fine Art, Performing Arts, Journalism and also school-level Education.

My week starts with a visit to artist Htein Lin. I previously met Htein at the Tate Modern in London where he was making plaster casts of the arms of released Burmese political prisoners for his major artwork A Show of Hands. So far, Htein has made 300 plaster casts from a planned total of 1,000. On completion, his powerful art installation will tour international galleries. 

Htein is kindly helping to facilitate my meetings with artists, filmmakers, educators and media professionals in Yangon. While driving to our first appointment he tells me the story of Daw Nita Yin Yin May. Nita May is one of the people that Htein is highlighting in his art. What follows is the story behind Nita's participation in A Show of Hands . . .

In her work as a Press Officer at the British Embassy in Yangon, Nita was involved in distributing freely available information to world media organisations about widespread public protests against military rule in 1988. For her ‘crime’, Nita was sentenced to three years in the notorious Insein Prison. Shortly after her incarceration she discovered that she was pregnant and was forced to give birth to her child in the prison, under conditions of virtually non-existent medical care. 

Burma's former political prisoners demand the release of all current political prisoners in BurmaBurma's former political prisoners demand the release of all current political prisoners in BurmaThough imprisoned they are everywhere amongst us. Burma's former political prisoners from across the world demand the release of all political prisoners currently incarcerated in Burma's notorious prisons. This image is taken from the documentary project "Even Though I'm Free I am Not".

After her son was born, Nita’s father was asked to collect the baby and take him home. Nita had no choice but to serve the rest of her sentence with no contact with her child until her release. Nita and her son now live in London where she works for BBC Burmese Radio. In this photo she is campaigning for the release of her friend Sandar Min who was sentenced to 65 years in prison for her role in peaceful protests.

Some of my meetings . . .

With Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, Festival Director and Mon Mon Myat, Executive Director of the Human Rights Dignity Film Festival that takes place in Yangon every June. Mon Mon and Min Htin are currently making an in-depth film about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi that will be completed at the end of 2015 - after the democratic election has taken place. Through the festival, they run an intensive documentary filmmaking programme every June, July and August.

Thaiddi and Thu Thu Shein are Filmmakers and Directors of the Wathann (Monsoon) Film Festival that takes place every September. Thaiddhi, Thu Thu and their colleagues run a variety of training programmes, distribute short films and translate much needed film books into Myanmar, largely on a voluntary basis.

Thaiddhi and Thu Thu have strong links with the Yangon Film School and both have completed a scholarship year at Famu International Film School in Prague.  In addition, they distribute their filmmaking books free of charge and donate significant quantities to the University of Culture and the Arts of which Thu Thu is a graduate.

I am very warmly welcomed by the Rector, Pre Rector and Senior Academics at the National University of Arts and Culture and given an insight into the history and mission of the university which was formed in 1993. 

I enjoy a traditional music show and a Myanmar marionette performance that is staged to mark my visit. I then tour the cinema facilities and film studio and enjoy a screening of a student film production. I am pleased to be invited to teach Cinematography for undergraduate Cinema and Drama students on my next visit.

I was of course considered an ideal subject by students in the life drawing class.

The university has 592 students and offers courses in Fine Art Painting, Sculpture, Music, Dramatic Arts, Computer Arts and Cinema. Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with universities in Korea, Thailand and China, but not with any Western universities thus far.

With senior representatives from a spectrum of Arts and Media organisations hosted at the House of Media and Entertainment by famous Burmese Comedian Zarganar.

From left to right: Zaw Thet Htwe, Leader of the Myanmar Journalists Union; Thein Lin, Artist; Zarganar, Comedian; Nan Win, Artistic Director of Myanmar Dance and Musical Theatre; Gerry McCulloch, Goldsmiths Media Academic Partners; Grace Swe Zin Htaik, Secretary of Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation; Su Mon Hywe, Head of Training at Myanmar Media Development Centre and Su’s assistant.

Meeting with Aye Ko, Executive Director and Haymann Oo, Curator of New Zero Art Space. New Zero is a vibrant radical Arts Centre in downtown Yangon that is run by energetic and inspirational volunteers. Other artists present include Yadanar Win, Thyitar and Ko Latt. All are full-time voluntary coordinators of New Zero Art Space.

New Zero is a Non-profit Independent Art Space containing studios that double as a gallery and an impressive library that despite being assembled on a shoestring is more extensive than the library at the Arts University. New Zero host an impressive range of free Art Courses of up to a year in duration.

Haymann is showing me the diverse range of activities coordinated by New Zero Art Space on virtually no budget. For example, they facilitate a broad range of Arts Exchanges with member countries of the ASEAN Contemporary Art Exchange Program. New Zero are keen to establish links with contemporary Artists, Teachers and PhD students on a worldwide basis and can offer free accommodation on-site for visiting contributors.

With Tun Tun Aye, director of the documentary Human Drama. Human Drama is a British Council Burma project co-organised with local charity FXB. The project contracts Pan Intercultural Arts to provide training and guidance to actors for productions in which educational information is communicated in the form of theatre to illiterate rural communities who have no access to radio, television or internet. Human Drama topics include HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, gender equality, family, social and health issues. Tun Tun kindly helped me to understand the considerable complexities of the education and training landscape of Burma.

With the Myanmar Photographic Society, headed by President Pe Myint Oo. The Mayanmar Photography Society was founded in 1950. They run an annual training course that lasts for two and a half months part-time, and are currently open for their 43rd intake. The MPS run a variety of training initiatives and hold their annual exhibition in the Strand Hotel Ballroom every March. They welcome visiting photographers and speakers and have invited me to teach Portrait Lighting on my next visit.

With Kyi Kyi Pyone, Programme Manager; Myat Lay Tint, Programme Coordinator and Susana Galvan, Director of Education at the British Council, Yangon.

Kyi Kyi and Susana offered me a wealth of helpful advice and assistance during my visit.

Finally, here is my portrait by one of the life drawing students at the university.

Yangon Picture gallery here.

 
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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) A Show of Hands Aung San Suu Kyi British Council Burma Goldsmiths House of Media and Entertainment Htein Lin Human Rights Dignity Film Festival Le Famu Media Academic Partners Myanmar Myanmar Photographic Society National University of Arts and Culture New Zero Arts Space Nita May Nita Yin Yin May Richard Shannon Sandar Min Shwedagon Pagoda The Lady of Burma Wathann Film Festival Yangon Yangon Film School Zarganar https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/5/yangon Thu, 29 May 2014 03:23:46 GMT
A Show of Hands https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/4/hands I recently met up with Burmese artist Htein Lin to photograph ongoing work on his art project A Show of Hands

A Show of Hands is a multimedia public artwork about broken-ness and healing. Under decades of military rule since 1962, Burma became a broken country. The slow process of healing began eighteen months ago with the release of thousands of political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi

Htein is in the process of making plaster casts of the forearms of the surviving prisoners who are returning to society to make their individual contributions as politicians, business people, teachers, journalists, activists and parents. 

Htein has already collected hundreds of casts and plans to amass a total of three thousand for A Show of Hands in order to remind the world how many people gave up their freedom in the attempt to create a better future for Burma.

When we met, Htein was making casts of the forearms of former Burmese political prisoners on London’s Southbank - just outside Tate Modern, with St Paul’s in the background across the Thames. 

I will meet Htein again in May when I visit Yangon to represent Media Academic Partners (MAP). My brief is to collaborate with artists like Htein on the setting up of Arts and Media courses throughout Burma.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) A Show of Hands Aung San Suu Kyi Htein Lin Media Academic Partners https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/4/hands Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:17:01 GMT
Collaborative Portrait Project in London & Singapore https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/identity Myself and Head of the Putnam School of Film in Singapore – Gisli Snaer are collaborating on a Photographic Portrait project on the theme of 'Identity'. The project is supported by the Goldsmiths-Lasalle partnership and will inform related research and film projects at both institutions. Specific outcomes include joint public exhibitions in 2015; one in London and one in Singapore.

The above portrait, resulting from a chance encounter in a Tibetan Café in Bodh Gaya last week is my first contender for the exhibitions. A dedicated web space for this collaboration is coming soon . . .

Keep on blogging . . .

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Gerry McCulloch Gisli Snaer Lasalle College of the Arts Putnam School of Film https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/identity Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:23:53 GMT
Goldsmiths MA Filmmaking Graduation Screening at BAFTA https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/bafta Photo: Emiliano Capozoli
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In between filming in India, it was great to be in London for my MA Filmmaking Class of 2013 Graduation Screening at BAFTA in the West End of London. 
All pictures are by Brazilian Photographer Emiliano Cappozoli.

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These are the Directors of this year’s films introducing the event. From left to right Memed Aksoy (Panfilo), Liv Watson (Spoons), Dave Tynan (The Red Line ) and Bruna Capozzoli (Mamo).

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This is the Filmmaking team who made Mamo. At the front Akito (Cinematographer); Left to right Snow (Sound Designer), Jay (Cinematographer), Erica (Film Editor), Douce (Film Producer) and Bruna (Writer-Director). Popping his head around the corner is world famous Cinematographer Witold Stok BSC. 

"Beyond the Sea" team pose for official portrait during the BAFTA evenement during the first screening of "Mamo", writen and directed by Bruna Capozzoli (wearing white dress).
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You will shortly be able to view clips from these films on the Student Work tab of the MA Filmmaking Website. Further info about the films and filmmaking teams below:

 

Spoons - Running Time: 17:40

Pangaea Films: www.pangaeafilms.co.uk

A hypnotic tale of confronting the past. A glamorous elderly woman Iris discovers Darryl, a troubled young man, on a park bench. Iris lures Darryl back to her house with promises of pills and alcohol. Darryl enters her world where their fractured memories collide in what becomes an unforgettable experience.

 

Panfilo - Running Time: 22:05

Lost in Portugal Films www.lostinportugalfilms.co.uk
An apocalyptical fairy tale of three generations of men coming to terms with loss and death in rural Italy. It is the 1970s and a biblical draught is destroying the beautiful Tuscan countryside. In its midst 9-year old Michele is warned of an end-of-the-world prophecy: locusts will crawl out of the ground. It is Panfilo, Michele’s imaginary friends, who foresees it. While Michele's grandfather, Tiziano, indulges Michele’s imagination, his father, Giovanni, strongly opposes him only to find himself increasingly immersed in his son’s fears and solitude.

 

Mamo - Running time : 13:08

Beyond the sea films : http://www.beyondtheseafilms.com

Mamo is an African woman struggling with life in a foreign country while protecting her granddaughter Felicia. Living in a dystopian society, Mamo bravely holds her sorrow in order to shelter Felicia from life’s hardship. 

 

The Red Line - Running Time: 18:28

What Elephant? Films www.whatelephantfilms.co.uk

Three strangers in London find themselves on the last tube heading east… An Adaptation of a Charlie Higson short story.

 
All pictures are by Brazilian Photographer Emiliano Cappozoli.
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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) BAFTA Emiliano Capozoli Goldsmiths MA Filmmaking Witold Stok BSC https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/bafta Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:58:06 GMT
Visit to Nalanda University https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/nalanda On Thursday I visited the ruins of Nalanda University in Bihar. Nalanda was one of the first universities ever to be established worldwide. The location had been an important site of learning since the time of the historical Buddha Siddharta Guatama, when it was famed as a beautiful resort inhabited by saints and ascetics. Siddharta himself gave teachings here.

King Ashoka built a Buddhist monastery at Nalanda in the 3rd Century BC, but it was not until the 4th Century AD that the university as we know it from the surviving ruins became established. Nalanda flourished until the 12th Century when it was completely destroyed during one of the Muslim invasions of India. By this point, Nalanda’s legacy had been firmly established in all of the Buddhist countries around India, but had sadly been driven from India itself.

Classical Nalanda flourished for a period of seven hundred years and it’s ruins lay under the earth for a further seven hundred until they were discovered in the nineteenth century and partially excavated in the twentieth. Most of Nalanda has yet to be excavated and entire villages and towns have been built on top of it.

My AVPhD research is based on the writings of an Indian Philosopher– Shantideva who taught at Nalanda in the 8th Century. My investigations crystalise around a single Shantideva text – The Bodhicharyavatara – which translates as: A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.

03 Buddha calling Earth, 10-11c, Bihar, Indian Museum, Kolkata The Bodhicharyavatara is a pinnacle of Madhyamaka Prsangika philosophy - an intricately refined Buddhist philosophy of living that gave rise to an explosion of poetic art and learning that spread throughout Asia to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Korea and Japan.

The central purpose of my project is to apply Madhyamaka Prasangika philosophy to contemporary still and moving-image photography in parallel to the ways in which it informed the Fine Arts of 8th Century India and Asia.

This is an artist’s impression of the proposed new university campus at Nalanda. I wonder if they will have a Media Arts department . . .

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Bodhicharyavatara Madhyamaka Prasangika Nalanda Shantideva https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/nalanda Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:31:56 GMT
Planned Trip to Burma in May https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/burma Gerry is to represent Media Academic Partners (MAP) on a visit to Burma in May as part of an ongoing move to establish a Goldsmiths Burma Centre. The move is in direct response to Aung Sang Suu Kyi's call for UK Universities to participate in the rebuilding of university education in Burma. 

The Goldsmiths Burma Centre is the brainchild of Theatre Director Richard Shannon, Writer and Director of the acclaimed stage play The Lady of Burma. The Higher Education Sector in Burma was systematically dismantled during a forty year period of military rule. Gerry will meet Burmese artists such as Htein Lin as part of international efforts to rebuild Arts Education around the country.

A preliminary meeting took place at Goldsmiths in January which was attended by Kevin MacKenzie - Director of the British Council in Burma, Dr Marie Lalle of the Institute of Education, Gerald Lidstone - Director of the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Judy Holland - Director of MAP and Patrick Loughrey - Warden of Goldsmiths.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Aung Sang Suu Kyi British Council Htein Lin Media Academic Partners Richard Shannon The Lady of Burma https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/burma Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:58:18 GMT
HH 17th Karmapa visits Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/root-institute Lama Zopa Rinpoche welcomes HH 17th KarmapaLama Zopa Rinpoche welcomes HH 17th Karmapa Lama Zopa Rinpoche welcomes HH the 17th Karmapa, Urgyen Trinley Dorje, on his visit to the Root Institute, Bodh Gaya and Tara Children’s Project on Saturday 2nd February. Please see the online Picture Gallery here.

Lama Zopa RinpocheLama Zopa Rinpoche The event represents a meeting of the Kagyu and Gelug traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in the most auspicious of locations in India – close to the Bodhi Tree and Mahabodhi Stupa where the historical Buddha attained enlightenment.

HH 17th Karmapa teaching at Root Institute, Bodh GayaHH 17th Karmapa teaching at Root Institute, Bodh Gaya HH Karmapa gave a public teaching in the main shrine room of Root Institute where Lama Zopa Rimpoche is now in retreat.

Welcoming HH 17th Karmapa to Root Institute, Bodh GayaWelcoming HH 17th Karmapa to Root Institute, Bodh Gaya Please see the online Picture Gallery here . . . 

Tara Children's Project, Bodh GayaTara Children's Project, Bodh Gaya

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Bodh Gaya HH the 17th Karmapa Lama Zopa Rinpoche Root Institute Tara Children's Project https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/2/root-institute Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:40:30 GMT
Filming in India: Visit to Bodh Gaya https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/1/bodh-gaya  

The Rajdani Express drops us at Gaya Junction railway station at 5am on Sunday morning and we head to the Root Institute in Bodh Gaya where we are based.

We spend the week gathering footage around Bodh Gaya and filming interviews. We are not yet able to publish pictures from interviews. However these images will appear in this blog in due course.

We attend the Kagyu Monlam, hear teachings from HH 17th Karmapa, witness the Tsechu Lama Dance and visit the Bodhi Tree and Mahabodhi Stupa.

On Saturday evening, Gerry sets off back to London to meet his new students on the 2014 MA in Filmmaking at Goldsmiths. Jorg Wagner arrives to join Chico and continue filming in Jaipur and Kathmandu. Gerry rejoins Chico and Jorg in India at the end of January and all three of us embark on potentially the most important phase of filming . . .

Full Picture Gallery coming soon. A few images for now . . .

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Bodhi Tree HH 17th Karmapa Kagyu Monlam Mahabodhi Stupa" Tsechu Lama Dance https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/1/bodh-gaya Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:42:16 GMT
Filming in India: Visit to Dharamsala https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/1/dharamsala We are not yet able to publish pictures from our film about Akong Rinpoche at present. The following is an informal record of our trip. Portraits from important interviews will appear in this blog in due course.

For the first couple of days in Delhi, Chico and I are based at Wongdhen House in the Tibetan quarter Majnu Ka Tilla. It is almost impossible to travel around Delhi on Saturday because a new mayor of the city is being sworn in. Arvind Kejriwal enjoys massive popular support and his supporters swamp the transport systems.

Nevertheless we make some new friends on the Delhi Metro.

Sunday 29th: Meeting up with Artist-Filmmaker Ambarien Alqadar and Sapna Bhatia of TV News International at the Turtle Café in Khan Market. Ambarien is kindly helping us with a driver to take us to Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. (I previously met Ambarien at Jamia University when I did a lecture there in November.) From left to right Sapna, Ambarien, Chico and Gerry.

Monday 30th: Our driver Atuallah picks us up from Majnu Ka Tilla at 6am and we drive for 14 hours through the Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to Tse Choling monastery at McLoud Ganj where we are staying.

Tuesday 31st : We make it most of the way along treacherous mountain roads in driving rain, sleet and dense fog for over 100 km. At a junction around 14 km from Dalhousie, a policeman advises us to turn back because the onward road is blocked with snow. It’s disappointing to get so close but not reach Dalhousie.

Downtown McLeod Ganj on New Year’s Eve.

Wednesday January 1st 2014: New Years Day in Dharamsala. Filming around McLeod Ganj. Our Camera and Lighting Assistant Tenzin Phuljung is a Tulku - a recognised incarnation of an enlightened being.

Three years ago Tenzin decided to disrobe and pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker. Nevertheless, he continues to formally study Indo-Tibetan philosophy and is fortunate to live in the same complex as the Dalai Lama.

Thursday 2nd: Visit to Sherab Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in a beautiful valley of forests surrounded by snow capped Himalayan peaks.

Friday 3rd: Now we are based at Nyingma House, back in Majnu Ka Tilla. Most of our time is taken up with booking trains and accommodation for ensuing phases of filming. Afterwards, we enjoy a hard earned Kingfisher beer at United Coffee House in Connaught Place:

Saturday 4th: We boarded our overnight train to Bodh Gaya for the next phase of filming . . .

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong: A Remarkable Life Ambarien Alquadar Chico Dall'Inha Dalhousie Dharamsala Gerry McCulloch McCleod Ganj Sapna Bhatia Tenzin Phuljung https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2014/1/dharamsala Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:14:36 GMT
Happy New Year from Dharamsala ! https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/12/happy-new-year Happy New Year from McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala from Chico, Tenzin and Gerry. This picture is from Majnu Ka Tila, The Tibetan quarter of Delhi where we stayed before heading into the mountains. Only occasional wifi, but many stories to tell already and picture gallery coming soon.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong: A Remarkable Life Chico Dal'Inha Dharamsala McCleod Ganj Tenzin Phuljung https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/12/happy-new-year Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:51:36 GMT
Preparations for Filming in India / December Exhibitions / Goldsmiths Feature https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/12/preparations
Preparations are now under way for filming the next phase of Akong: A Remarkable Life in Dharamsala, Bodh Gaya and Nepal. Watch this space for updates.

And as Isolates of Valid Perception at Goldsmiths NAB Gallery ends, Salon/13 at Photofusion, Brixton begins. This exhibition runs until January 24th:

Luckily Sarasa was able to see Isolates at Goldsmiths in December before it ended. Initially we said we'd see if the universe gave a sign of supporting our collaboration. Considering we live on opposite sides of the world and had never met previously, finding the opportunity to see each other's work in situ looks to be a fairly good start. 

Goldsmiths are currently running a feature on Gerry's recent Singapore trip.

Watch this space for updates from India of the next phase of filming Akong: A Remarkable Life.

 

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong: A Remarkable Life Bodh Dharamsala Gaya Goldsmiths Isolates of Valid Perception Nepal Photofusion Sarasa Krishnan https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/12/preparations Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:37:47 GMT
Darshana Photo Art Picture in Salon/13 Exhibition at Photofusion https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/12/salon/13

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Photofusion https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/12/salon/13 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:33:54 GMT
Visit to Delhi & Mumbai https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/delhi-mumbai School RunSchool Run My first appointment on arriving in Delhi was lunch with Indian Historian and Academic Mary Storm. Mary’s writing was recommended to me only the previous week by Paul Kohl, my Photography AVPhD Supervisor in Singapore. A serendipitous stroke of luck meant I was scheduled to visit Delhi a few days later and Mary kindly invited me to lunch at her home in Chhattarpur.

Mary Storm and FriedaMary Storm and Frieda I have an enduring image of entering Mary’s gate to find her huge dog Frieda sitting Sphinx-like on the lawn in front of Mary’s elegant house, gazing at me with intense curiosity – a placid vision that contrasted starkly with the Delhi traffic outside on the street.

Mary is expert in an era of Indian history, philosophy and art that is key to my research - the Pala Period; renowned throughout Asia for the poetics of its visuality. Mary’s house was filled with stunning Indian art. She recommended that I visit the Patna Museum when filming in Bodh Gaya in January. She also suggested that I read the ‘Sadhana Mala’ (Garland of Visualisation) and that I check out Jawaharlal Nehru University School of Arts and Aesthetics in Delhi.

One of Mary’s ex-students Elizabeth Thelen joined us for lunch. Lizzy is devoting a year of her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley to live in Bikaner, Rajasthan in order to research 18th Century Rajasthani manuscripts.

Jamia Millia Islamia University My next adventure was giving a lecture on Visual Storytelling to students studying Media at Jamia Millia Islamia University. It was my pleasure to meet the students and staff including Professor Obaid Siddiqui; Head of the Mass Communication Research Centre, Filmmaker and Assistant Professor Ambarien Al Qadar (pictured) and many others. I was delighted to be invited to teach at Jamia again in the future.

Filmmaker Ambarien Al QadarFilmmaker Ambarien Al Qadar

A central purpose of my visit to Delhi and Mumbai was to attend Higher Education Fairs and to meet the agents who assist Indian students in finding suitable Filmmaking programmes and scholarships at UK universities. I learnt a lot about overseas recruitment on this trip and hope to embark on similar expeditions to China and Brazil in the not to distant future.

During a break at a fair in the Delhi Hyatt Regency, I met Snigdha Moitra of Le Cordon Bleu International Culinary School. Snigdha and I fell into conversation about art over lunch. She described her happiness when painting her artworks from a state of joyful meditation:

Painting by Snigdha MoitraPainting by Snigdha Moitra In Mumbai, I couldn’t resist a trip to Leopold’s, the café-bar where much of the intrigue takes place in the novel Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. Sure enough the dark corners of the upstairs room oozed an atmosphere of shady goings on. Perhaps because of its notoriety, Leopold’s was the first target in the 2008 Lashka-e-Taibi terrorist attack.

On the last night of my trip, I was invited to dinner at Out of the Blue restaurant in Le Sutra Hotel, Bandra West by a graduate of my Goldsmiths Filmmaking programme Richie Taneja. Richie is now a Senior Producer in Indian Television.

Richie & Gerry at Out of the BlueRichie & Gerry at Out of the Blue I have to say that meeting Richie was a real highlight of my trip. We hadn’t met for six or seven years but soon discovered much in common including a love for the tasteful and ethical Fabindia stores. Richie described her dream of one day opening an Art Café in Dharamsala and I of course immediately volunteered to supply some art. Richie reckons her Art Café will be called ‘Still’ – a name that sits well with the underlying theme of Darshana Photo Art pictures - stillness at the centre of motion. It’s a theme that also sits well with my dream of one day staging a photography exhibition in Bhutan attended by the Dalai Lama. And of course the beauty of such dreams is the adventures to be had in their pursuit . . .

Even amidst the whirling chaos of Mumbai, it was possible to find stillness.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Elizabeth Thelen Jawaharlal Nehru University School of Arts and Aesthetics Mary Storm Pala Period Patna Museum Paul Kohl https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/delhi-mumbai Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:46:01 GMT
Visit to Singapore https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/singapore My stay in Singapore commenced with a visit to my AVPhD Co-supervisor, the American Photographer Paul Kohl. Paul is Professor of Photography in the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University. We had a wide-ranging discussion about the prospect of cultivating a photographic discipline founded on ancient Indian philosophical tenets. Paul gave me a copy of his recent Photography Book: A Holiday in India and an intriguing essay from a very good friend of his in Delhi, the academic Mary Storm. Mary's writing on Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is uncannily relevant to my Isolates of Valid Perception project in that we both explore the poetics of translating 8th Century Madhyamaka Prasangika philosophy into visual form.

I stayed at my friend Paul Moody's place in Singapore. Paul and I have known each other for around twenty five years - since we studied on the same Film Course in Newcastle. Paul teaches 3D Film at Nanyang Technological University. He is somewhat taller than me.

On Saturday evening I met with Sarasa Krishnan. Sarasa is Creative Director of the Temple of Fine Arts in Perth, Western Australia. She is currently completing her PhD combining Indian Dance and Fine Art Painting At Murdoch University. We met to explore the possibility of a collaboration. Sarasa kindly invited me to the Singapore Temple of Fine Arts production of Taal Express at the Esplanade on the Singapore Bayfront. I enjoyed the privilege of meeting many of the performers afterwards.

Sarasa and I continued to explore possibilities for our Dance-Painting-Photography-Film collaboration. Our previous discussions had been online so this was our first meeting in person.

Paul and I visited Annalakshmi restaurant at the Singapore Temple of Fine Arts. This is one of Sarasa's paintings in the Temple Dance Hall with the restaurant in the background. Curiously, Annalakshmi does not charge a fixed price for meals. Guests are instead invited to contribute what they wish. After dinner, we met Nawaz Mirajker, Director of Taal Express.

The main event of my Singapore trip was visiting the Puttnam School of Film at Lasalle College of the Arts in my role as Link Tutor to the BA in Film. These visits are integral to the Goldsmiths-Lasalle partnership and this was my fourth visit.

The main purpose of my visit was to participate in Team Assessments. I also engaged in ongoing collaborative activities with the Film Programme Team with a view to supporting staff and student exchanges between Goldsmiths and Lasalle.

Participating in Team Assessments with the core programme team of the BA in Film at the Puttnam School of Film at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. 

Monitoring the assessors from a student perspective.

Preparing notes during a break in class - with BA Film Course Leader Charles Maideen.

Discussing the finer points of screen grammar with first year BA Film students at Lasalle.

Chatting with a third year film student about her plans to pursue a career in the Mumbai Film Industry after graduation.

Ironing out a few logistical issues with Gisli Snaer, Head of the Puttnam Film School.

Joining the Film Programme Team in a local Malay eatery. From left to right Charles Maideen - BA Film Programme Leader, Mardhiah Osman - Critical Film Studies, Gisli Snaer - Head of School, Gerry McCulloch - Goldsmiths Link Tutor, Sean Ashley - Sound & Image Postproduction, Hideho Urata - Cinematography.

Discussing a photography collaboration with Gilles Massot from the Lasalle Faculty of Fine Arts. Gilles has been an established Photographer-Artist in Singapore for several decades. Our conversation came about as a result of our respective current exhibitions: Gerry's Isolates of Valid Perception exhibition at Goldsmiths; and Gilles' Constant Self Recording Mode exhibition at Lasalle. 

Christmas comes early in Singapore. A number of initiatives worked out well on this trip both in Singapore and back in London. Paul joked that my life was spiralling INTO control. I then flew to Delhi to give a lecture on Visual Storytelling at Jamia Millia Islamia University . . . .

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Analakshmi Isolates of Valid Perception Lasalle College of the Arts Mary Storm Nanyang Technological University Paul Kohl Paul Moody Sarasa Krishnan Taal Express The Puttnam Film School https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/singapore Sun, 24 Nov 2013 01:34:19 GMT
The Life and Murder of Akong Rinpoche in Tricycle Magazine https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/tricycle Please see this Important Article about the Life and Murder of Akong Rinpoche in Tricycle magazine. Akong Rinpoche is the Founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Europe at Samye Ling in Scotland. Even at his death, he was committed to the path of social good. Article by Director of Columbia University's Modern Tibet Studies Program, Robert Barnet; Pictures by Gerry McCulloch, Darshana Photo Art.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong Rinpoche Darshana Photo Art Gerry McCulloch Samye Ling Tricycle https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/tricycle Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:46:31 GMT
Chico Interview re forthcoming film Akong: A Remarkable Life https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/chico-interview Interview with Film Director Chico Dall'Inha by Lisa Tully about the forthcoming film Akong: A Remarkable Life. The next phase of filming will take place in India and Nepal in January 2014.

Akong Tulku Rinpoche, born in Kham in Eastern Tibet in 1941, was quickly recognized as a reincarnate lama and enthroned as the Abbot of Drolma Lhakhang Monastery at the age of only four years. In 1959, tensions between China and Tibet reached breaking point and Akong was forced to undertake a dangerous journey across the Himalayas on foot to India aged nineteen.

From the party of over two hundred Tibetans that set off, only fifteen survived the grueling ten-month ordeal. When they reached their destination, living conditions in Buxadaur refugee camp in Assam were extremely poor. The hot climate combined with the lack of food and medicine claimed the lives of many of the surviving refugees, including Akong's elder brother, Jamyang Chogyal. More . . .

Akong Rinpoche was murdered in Tibet on October 8th 2013.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong Rinpoche Akong: A Remarkable Life Chico Dall'Inha Lisa Tully https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/chico-interview Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:08:04 GMT
Goldsmiths feature Gerry re 35th Anniversary of Media Department https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/goldsmiths-feature Feature on Gerry re Goldsmiths department of Media and Communications 35th Anniversary Symposium 'Critical, Creative, Radical'. Gerry's Isolates of Valid Perception photography exhibition is part of the celebrations.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) 35th Anniversary Critical, Creative, Radical Department of Media and Communications Gerry McCulloch Goldsmiths Isolates of Valid Perception https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/goldsmiths-feature Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:27:42 GMT
Laissez Faire magazine features Darshana Photo Art picture https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/laissez-faire Hieizansakamoto | Japan A Darshana Photo Art picture is featured in the latest edition of Laissez Faire magazine. The article covers the recent London Independent Photography exhibition at the Strand Gallery.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Laissez Faire London Independent Photography Strand Gallery https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/laissez-faire Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:38:54 GMT
Darshana Photo Art Picture Selected for Salon/13 Exhibition at Photofusion https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/salon13 This Darshana Photo Art picture by Gerry McCulloch has today been selected for the Salon/13 Exhibition at Photofusion Gallery in London. The picture is part of the series: Isolates of Valid Perception. The Private View of Salon/13 is on the evening of Thursday 12th December and the Exhibition dates are Friday 13th December to Friday 24th January. Watch this space for further info.

The picture is in the running for the Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2013 and the Photofusion Public Choice Award 2013. An exhibition of twenty three pictures from the series: Isolates of Valid Perception opens at Goldsmiths NAB Gallery on Friday 8th November at 6pm. 

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Exhibition Gerry McCulloch Isolates of Valid Perception Photofusion Salon/13 https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/11/salon13 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:52:39 GMT
Sand Mandala at Samye Dzong, London https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/sand-mandala

Sand Mandala Image Gallery

The Tashi Lhunpo Monks are currently making a Sand Mandala at Samye Dzong. The Mandala will be completed on Wednesday morning and the sand will then be poured into the river Thames in a closing ceremony at Tower Bridge between 10-12am.  Please visit the Darshana Photo Art Sand Mandala Gallery where images are being updated daily.

Of all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with coloured sand is one of the most exquisite. The mandala essentially is a representation of the celestial mansion or abode of a principal deity or deities, surrounded by their retinues, and representing the path and fruition of the particular cycle of practices. 

To make a sand mandala, millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in an intricate design over a period of several days using hollow tubes called chagpurs.  The material used is ground marble dust - but in ancient times powdered precious and semi-precious stones were also used. The monks will be creating a Medicine Buddha Mandala.   

A total of eight monks are making the mandala over a period of five days. The exhibition begins with a short dedication prayer, and on completion, the mandala is dismantled in a moving ceremony during which the sand is swept into the centre of the table, symbolizing the impermanence of all things.  A small amount of sand will be poured into the Thames after a small procession from the centre to Tower Bridge, and people attending the ceremony can take away with them small bags of sand as a memory of the event.

During the construction of the sand mandala, the monks will offer workshops which can be attended on a drop-in basis. Various workshops will introduce the Tibetan arts of sand mandala making, where people will be able to try a 'hands on' sand mandala as well as a butter sculpture, printing of prayer flags and writing beautiful Tibetan calligraphy. People taking part can carry away with them a prayer flag printed from a traditional wood block. Families and children are welcome to participate in these.

Sand Mandala Image Gallery

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Dzong London" Samye Sand Mandala Tashi Lhunpo Monks https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/sand-mandala Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:14:23 GMT
Isolates of Valid Perception Exhibition at Goldsmiths https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/isolates-exhibition

#isolateperception

Isolates of Valid Perception

A Photography Exhibition by Gerry McCulloch

8th November 2013 - 3rd February 2014
 
NAB Gallery, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.
Gallery Opening / All Welcome: Friday 8th November at 6pm
 
Isolates of Valid Perception is a still and moving-image project that explores subjective relationships between consciousness and its appearing objects. This is the first collection of images in the series.

Within the context of the premise, an isolate is loosely posited as a pictorial or sequential element. However, entire picture systems and indeed collections of pictures can function as isolates. Each isolate is imbued with subliminal sensory cues. Mundane isolates mirror immanent isolates and vice-versa.

Isolates ripen individually and collectively in the mindstream, but only if a trace of the isolate endures; uncontaminated by discursive elaboration in the perceptual continuum.

The temporal sequence of . . .

~          Meeting the isolate in open presence

~           Sustaining the primacy of sensory cognizance

~           Suspending the impulse to conceptualise

~           and Embracing corporeal reciprocity

. . . is important, because contact with the isolate dissolves when discernment is attempted through the lens of a pre-configured paradigm.

Isolates of Valid Perception is part of the Goldsmiths department of Media and Communications 35th Anniversary celebrations. The Gallery Opening on November 8th at 6pm comprises of a range of exhibitions and is preceded by a one-day Media SymposiumCreative Critical Radical
 
Map & Directions
(The NAB Gallery is in building number 2 on downloadable Campus Maps) Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9am - 6pm

Research Premise 

Online Image Gallery 

Gerry McCulloch

#isolateperception

 

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Critical, Creative, Radical Gerry McCulloch Goldsmiths Isolates of Valid Perception Photography Exhibition https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/isolates-exhibition Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:02:36 GMT
Akong Rinpoche Film - Last Days of Crowd-funding Campaign https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/akong-film For the last year, I have been photographing a film about the life of Akong Rinpoche with Director Chico Dal'hina and Producer Jorg Wagner of Brazilian production company Awareness Media. The recent brutal murder of Akong Rinpoche makes it even more important for us to make this film. Our crowd-funding campaign now has only a week or so to run. Please help us to preserve Akong's inspiring story for generations to come by contributing on our Indigogo page.

Please also see the Guardian Obituary of Akong Rinpoche.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong Rinpoche Awareness Media Film Indiegogo Obituary The Gaurdian https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/akong-film Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:50:50 GMT
Strand Gallery Exhibition Opens https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/strand This is a picture of me at the London Independent Photography Exhibition Private View at The Strand Gallery. The picture (of me) is by Carmen my daughter, aged 14. Carmen is studying Broadcast and Digital Media at the Brit School and is currently seeking work experience at a Photography Studio.

The picture behind me is from Japan last December and is part of my Isolates of Valid Perception project. The London Independent Photography exhibition is open from 22nd October until 3rd November at The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP - right next to Charing Cross Station. Opening times: Monday - Saturday 11am - 7pm, Sunday : 11am - 6pm

 

 
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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Carmen McCulloch Exhibition Gerry McCulloch London Independent Photography Strand Gallery https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/strand Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:01:47 GMT
Isolates of Valid Perception https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/isolates  

Look out for this Photography Exhibition by Gerry McCulloch comprising of twenty three Darshana Photo Art images at the NAB Gallery, Goldsmiths, University of London from 8th - 29th November.

Isolates of Valid Perception is a five-year still and moving-image project that explores subjective relationships between consciousness and its appearing objects. This is the first collection of images in the series.

Within the context of the premise, an isolate is loosely posited as a pictorial or sequential element. However, entire picture systems and indeed collections of pictures can function as isolates. Each isolate is imbued with subliminal sensory cues. Mundane isolates mirror transcendent isolates and vice-versa.

Isolates ripen individually and collectively in the mindstream, but only if a trace of the isolate endures; uncontaminated by discursive elaboration in the perceptual continuum.

The temporal sequence of . . .

~          Meeting the isolate in open presence

~           Sustaining the primacy of sensory cognizance

~           Suspending the impulse to conceptualise

~           And embracing corporeal reciprocity

. . . is important, because contact with the isolate dissolves when discernment is attempted through the lens of a pre-configured paradigm.

If you encounter resonance with an isolate in this collection however fleetingly, please send your impression to images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk after 24 minutes have elapsed / Subject heading: #isolateperception. Your impressions are enthusiastically welcomed and will be incorporated into ensuing phases of the project.

Research Premise: http://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/isolates.pdf

Online Image Gallery: http://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/isolates

Gerry McCulloch: http://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/Gerry

#isolateperception

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Exhibition Goldsmiths Isolates of Valid Perception https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/isolates Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:24:30 GMT
London Independent Photography Exhibition Starts Tomorrow https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/london-independent-photography  

 

Look out for this Darshana Photo Art picture by Gerry McCulloch in the London Independent Photography Exhibition at The Strand Gallery starting tomorrow. The picture will also feature in Gerry's Isolates of Valid Perception exhibition at the NAB Gallery, Goldsmiths from November 8th - 29th. More info soon.

22 OCTOBER - 3 NOVEMBER 2013


THE STRAND GALLERY


32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP

Opening times:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm 
Sunday: 11am - 6pm

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Welcome to London Independent Photography’s milestone 25th Annual Exhibition. Each year this is the highlight of our calendar - a must-see event for anyone interested and involved with photography in London. The exhibition runs from the 22nd October until 3rd November at The Strand Gallery, located in the heart of the West End. Approximately 800 submissions resulted in 108 images being selected for the exhibition. Prints have been selected by Francis Hodgson, Colin Pantall and Roelof Bakker.

THE STRAND GALLERY is just moments from Trafalgar Square and is one of Europe’s most popular private photography galleries.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Darshana Photo Art Exhibition London Independent Photography The Strand Gallery https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/london-independent-photography Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:53:31 GMT
Akong Rinpoche Killed in Tibet https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/akong-rinpoche-killed It is with much sadness that I pass on the sad news that Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was yesterday killed in Tibet. Few details have emerged thus far. Rinpoche's life and work will continue to benefit the lives of many, many people. Some recent photos of Rinpoche are offered for download and print here.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong Rinpoche Tibet https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/10/akong-rinpoche-killed Wed, 09 Oct 2013 05:18:15 GMT
Awake in the World Festival Closes https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/awake-in-the-world Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche brought the Shambhala /  SOAS Awake in the World Festival to an end this evening with his closing address. You can see pictures from the festival at Darshana Photo Art's Awake in the World picture gallery.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Awake in the World SOAS Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Shambhala https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/awake-in-the-world Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:06:49 GMT
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Opens Awake in the World Festival at SOAS https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/sakyong-mipham  

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche opened the Awake in the World Festival at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London on Thursday evening. The Sakyong's speech entitled Creating Enlightened Society opened the SOAS Festival that marks the 50th Anniversary of his father Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's arrival in the UK with his friend Akong Rinpoche.

 

The festival, organised by Shambhala London, runs until Sunday and includes events, workshops and guest speakers: Rigdzen Shikpo, Peter Conradi, Francesca Freemantle and others. Photos from the festival are updated daily in the Awake in the World festival photo gallery.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong Rinpoche Awake in the World Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Francesca Freemantle Rigdzen Shikpo SOAS Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Shambhala https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/sakyong-mipham Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:22:04 GMT
Akong: A Remarkable Life in Elephant Journal https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/elepnant-journal Akong The amazing story behind the new film about Akong Rinpoche as told by Lisa Tully of Spiritual Quest Adventures in the Elephant Journal.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/elepnant-journal Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:07:43 GMT
Standing Ovation for Doctor Elena Antonova at Kings College London Neuroscience Event https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/doctor-elena-antonova Lena This is a picture of the moment when Dr Elena Antonova received a standing ovation in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre of the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London at the culmination of her inspirational Neuroscience: Mindfulness and Applications event.

 

Dr Antonova's inaugural conference presented cutting-edge UK research into the Neuroscience of Mindfulness and its clinical applications to physical and mental conditions. This highly informative two-day event attracted multi-disciplinary participants and featured absorbing contributions by Entertainer Ruby Wax, BBC Arts Correspondent David Sillito and many eminent medical researchers (listed below) including Dr Antonova herself.

 

Dr Antonova presented her latest British Academy and Templeton Foundation funded research into neural responses to mindfulness using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Psychophysiology. She is a speaker at the forthcoming Mind and Life European Symposium in Berlin in October, she is co-organising the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute in August 2014 and she is a programme leader for the new MSc in Mindfulness and Neuroscience at Kings College London.

 

Further stimulating presentations were given by: Dr Tamara Russell, Dr Nicole De Zoysa, Dr Jane Hutton, Dr Louise Johns, Dr Thornsten Barnhofer, Prof Paul Chadwick, Dr Emma Lawrence, Dr Siobhan Lynch, Dr Katherine Rimes and Oleksandr Demchenko.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) David Sillito Doctor Elena Antonova Dr Nicole de Zoysa Dr Tamara Russell Kings College London Mind and Life Institute Mindfulness Neuroscience Ruby Wax https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/doctor-elena-antonova Sun, 08 Sep 2013 19:03:50 GMT
London Independent Photography Exhibition https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/lip-exhibition This Darshana Photo Art picture by Gerry McCulloch has today been selected for the London Independent Photography Exhibition at The Strand Gallery. The picture entitled 'Heizansakamoto' is from a trip to Japan last December. The private view is on the evening of Tuesday 22nd October and the Exhibition dates are Wednesday 23rd October to Saturday 2nd November. Watch this space for further info.

 

 

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Exhibition Heizansakamoto Japan London Independent Photography Strand Gallery https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/lip-exhibition Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:57:14 GMT
Neuroscience and Mindfulness event at Kings College Hospital https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/neuroscience-and-mindfulness-event-at-kings-college-hospital Mindfulness

Over the next couple of days, Gerry is attending the Mindfulness and Neuroscience Event at Kings College Hospital in Denmark Hill as part of Darshana Photo Art's Isolates of Valid Perception project.

Elements of the event are hosted by Entertainer Ruby Wax, BBC Arts Correspondent David Sllito and a range of eminent medical researchers led by the inspiring Dr Lena Antonova, a neuroscientist from Moscow based in London. 

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) David Silito Dr Lena Antonova Kings College Hospital Mindfulness Neuroscience Ruby Wax https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/neuroscience-and-mindfulness-event-at-kings-college-hospital Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:35:00 GMT
Principle production has commenced on the New Film about Akong Rinpoche https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/principle-production-has-commenced-on-the-new-film-about-akong-rinpoche  

Akong Rinpoche Principle production has commenced on our New Film about Akong Rinpoche. If you would like to get involved in supporting the making of this important film, please circulate the link around your social networks. We sincerely appreciate your involvement in helping to preserve this inspirational story for generations to come.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong Rinpoche New Film Remarkable Life https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/9/principle-production-has-commenced-on-the-new-film-about-akong-rinpoche Wed, 04 Sep 2013 09:14:20 GMT
Akong: A Remarkable Life https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/8/akong-remarkable-life Akong Remarkable Life

Watch this space for the launch of the principal production phase of the new documentary film about Dr Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong Rinpoche Documentary Film https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/8/akong-remarkable-life Sat, 24 Aug 2013 10:22:03 GMT
Here and There https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/8/here-and-there  

Imagine that you and I are sitting at opposite sides of a table in a restaurant. I confidently declare that I am here and you are over there. You then claim exactly the same thing, even although your here is my there and vice versa. Yet there is no inherently existing here or there for either of us. My here only exists in relation to you, and your here only exists in relation to me. Nevertheless, we are both factually correct in the context of the spatial relationship of our seating positions at the table. 

 

We would certainly be mistaken in concluding that here does not exist at all; and we would be wise to acknowledge that my here and your here exist only in dependence on relational factors and conditions. Similarly, our sense of self persists only in relationship to each other. While there is no doubt that I exist and you exist; it is beyond question that in many important respects I only exist because you exist. Because neither of us can make a legitimate claim to be the centre of our universe, it makes perfect sense to respect all other living beings as much as ourselves.

(See Geshe Tashi Tsering, 'The Awakening Mind' (2008), p71)

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Compassion Existence Geshe Tashi Tsering Other Self The Awakening Mind Universe Wisdom https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/8/here-and-there Sun, 18 Aug 2013 07:23:47 GMT
New Film About Akong Rinpoche: Coming Soon https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/8/akong-a-remarkable-life  

Akong Rinpoche This week Darshana Photo Art moved to Samye Ling in Dumfriesshire to film preparatory interviews for Awareness Media's new movie. This is the first ever film about the inspirational life of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Through his powerful message of loving-kindness and compassion and his humanitarian work around the world, Akong Rinpoche has benefitted the lives of countless people. This film aims to make his inspirational life story available to future generations.  

 

Akong Tulku Rinpoche, born in Kham in Eastern Tibet in 1941, was quickly recognized as a reincarnate lama and enthroned as the Abbot of Drolma Lhakhang Monastery at the age of only four years. In 1959, tensions between China and Tibet reached breaking point and Akong was forced to undertake a dangerous journey across the Himalayas on foot to India aged nineteen.

 

From the party of over two hundred Tibetans that set off, only fifteen survived the grueling ten-month ordeal. When they reached their destination, Ani Tsultrim living conditions in Buxadaur refugee camp in Assam were extremely poor. The hot climate combined with the lack of food and medicine claimed the lives of many of the surviving refugees, including Akong's elder brother, Jamyang Chogyal.

 

In 1963, Akong arrived in the UK with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In order to support their studies in English at Oxford University, he worked as an orderly at the Radcliffe Infirmary. In 1967, Akong founded the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West - Kagyu Samye Ling in the borders of Scotland. Throughout its astonishing history, Samye Ling has attracted the world's most accomplished Buddhist teachers including HH the 14th Dalai Lama, HH the 16th Karmapa, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

 

Today at 72 years of age, Akong Rinpoche continues to lead an active life supervising his countless projects that reach out to thousands of people in Ken Holmes need. For example his charity ROKPA International invests 100% of donations directly into humanitarian projects in Tibet, Nepal, India and Africa.

 

Researching and interviewing are already well under way on the film. Thus far the project has been self-funding. However, moving into the principle phase of production, a significant budget is required in order to gather crucial footage from around Europe, Asia and Africa. We the filmmakers will shortly be inviting you to become involved in the project by helping us to preserve this important story for generations to come.

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images@darshanaphotoart.co.uk (Darshana Photo Art) Akong Rinpoche Ani Tsultrim Awareness Media Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Dalai Lama Darshana Photo Art Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Karmapa Ken Holmes ROKPA Samye Ling https://www.darshanaphotoart.co.uk/blog/2013/8/akong-a-remarkable-life Sun, 18 Aug 2013 06:34:03 GMT