Monthly Archives: November 2016

No need for presence


It happens that when I go out to the same place to photograph, something new strikes me. I don’t have to trust that it will happen. Nor do I have to “know” it will happen. I just go there.

Trust and inner knowing get in the way of being there. Being there is not presence. No need for trust, inner knowing or intuition, or presence.

Those qualities may have been of value at one time, but they were released when I found myself standing naked and alone in nature, not trusting, not “knowing,” not present. In that quality of being I position my camera and take a picture.

Any quality of being other than that needs to be recognized. It need not be changed, just seen, recognized, and acknowledged. With a relaxation of the psychological musculature that holds in place the concepts of trust, intuition, and presence, I can again be unadorned in nature.


Writing and photography by Jerry Katz

Let the Scene See You

Let the Scene See You, an article I wrote on photography and nondual view has been published in Paula Marvelly’s The Culturium:

A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER enamoured by a scene might enquire, “Do I feel the landscape ‘sees me’ even while I see it?” Or, “Do I hear, see, taste, recognize the true nature of ‘me’ in the landscape?”

Thirteenth-century Christian mystic and philosopher, Meister Eckhart, wrote, “The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me.”

The eye through which I see a landscape is the same eye through which the landscape sees me.

Please view and read the entire article at