It’s a primary principle used in the creation of Japanese gardens: what’s undefined – defines what’s defined; the space or “ma” of nothing supports & elevates something. It’s represented by the symbol yin & yang, subsumed as: without nothing, you cannot have something.
It’s more than a thought, it’s a way of Being and seeing. It can be felt & experienced at a non-verbal level & when captured elegantly, it can instantly remind us what’s also always inherently assessable & available to us already. In the West, we like to keep ourselves busy, it saturates all levels of life, and yet in any moment it is possible to find a still-point within the emptiness or nothing-ness, which lends colour & vibrancy to something-ness.
On my infrequent trips to California, I’ve enjoyed many hours watching surfers patiently wait for that perfect wave. The experienced seem to know – without knowing. Some will attempt & fail, the few will rest in the knowing, knowing the needed action will come naturally, spontaneously – perfectly, when the “right” wave comes. It’s the still, quiet, connection of mind, body & ocean & it can be captured on a wave, in meditation & in picture image.
Thank you Michael Sean Symonds for your graceful words. Beautiful
It’s a great way of separating the subject from the background, too.
You can get the sunlight hitting the subject, as you have, while the background is a tad darker, making for some lovely contrast. It’s a great technique that I use all of the time.