Miksang Photography No. 2: Laundry

“Miksang, at its most basic level, is concerned with uncovering the truth of pure perception. We see something vivid and penetrating, and in that moment we can express our perception without making anything up—nothing added, nothing missing. Totally honest about what we see—straight shooting.” – From the Miksang.com site

I titled this one Laundry for obvious reasons. For me, it represents (usually) a few quiet moments spent alone as I load and unload the machines. For the most part I remain focused on the task at hand; sometimes my mind wanders but I always seem to snap right back to focusing on the clothes. I guess the quick version of this post is I took the picture in this location because it  reminds me of moving meditation. 🙂 What do you think about when you see this image?

Laundry

Laundry © 2012 MICHAEL STAGG

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My Journey with Photography

Polaroid One Step Camera

My 1st Camera: A Polaroid One Step

Every journey begins somewhere and this one began back in the late 1970s. It was Christmas time and I recall wanting only two things: my own 8 track player (Yes! An 8 track!) and a Polaroid camera. Well, I was a lucky boy that Christmas because I got both and while I enjoyed the 8 track player – and The Whiz 8 track cassette that came with it what I found myself playing with most was that camera.

I became the official family photographer for a while. Every chance I could I was taking a photo of something: my shoes, a favorite toy, my Uncle Joe kissing his wife … you get the point. There’s something magical about being able to freeze time and share it with the world. I couldn’t get enough of shooting! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to continue my journey for long as I dropped my camera out the back of a pickup truck and it was obliterated by both the dirt road we traveled on and a car that was following behind us.

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My 1st "Real" Digital Camera: Kodak C190

I didn’t seriously get back in touch with photography until just recently; again, it was during Christmas. My daughters, tired of hearing me go on and on about how I would like to get back into photography, bought me a small digital compact camera. I was instantly thrust back into that old familiar feeling of awe and excitement and quickly  went about the house photographing any and everything I could (to my daughters’ dislike).

This time around I went on a search to learn everything I could about photography and how to tell a story with images. I joined forums, subscribed to blogs and RSS feeds, read books and eventually enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where I am now officially working on a degree in photography.

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Canon XTi With Battery Grip

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Canon G12

I’m shooting with both a DSLR, a Canon XTi, and an advanced compact camera, the Canon G12, and I love it! I don’t know where this journey will lead me. I’m certainly enjoying the ride. Winking smile

Photographically Yours,

Michael