Feature in Yoga International Magazine.
Lovely piece by Cathelijne Esser on her experience of exploring perception through meditation & photography.
"So, exactly what is it that you see when you feel the impulse to take a picture? Sometimes you need another person to point out things that are so obvious that you overlook them. In this case, it was meditation teacher and photographer Kimberly Poppe who asked me this question in the workshop Exploring Perception: through Meditation & Photography. Through perception exercises, she first let us experience what we see when we look at something. And as so often is the case, it showed that we let our view be clouded by what we think we see."
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Each morning when I wake up and look at the news, it feels like the world has gone insane and that we are in some apocalyptic horror movie with a script so badly written that no one would believe it is actually real.
At times like these, what can we do? It all seems so huge, so impossible, so paralysing, so beyond our control.
Perhaps the most radical action that we can take amidst such insanity is: to be sane. To be the sanity.
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This artistic collaboration is the second in a series on creating sacred space in our often spaceless, frenetic lives. To wander through the first piece, offered by these two artists—Space to Rest—see here. Kimberly Poppe and Deborah Anne Quibell have found a meaningful synergy in their creative work—using image (for Kimberly) and poetic verse (for Deborah) in an attempt to capture the ineffable, always knowing they will fail, but finding there is something in the attempt that brings them closer. It is an endless endeavour, mysterious and everunfolding.
This second collision of photography and poetry hopes to offer nothing more than reflective space. We suggest that you move slowly through the piece, wading in the waters of reflection, allowing the words and images to become like a meditation.
The photos were taken along the fishing ports in Costa Brava, Spain at the end of winter, during a particularly reflective time. Both artists love the symbolism of the waterlines, the borderland of what lies above and what lies beneath, hidden below the surface. And, also, that the most weathered are often the most beautiful. From wherever you are, enter, and feel welcome.
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3 personal tips on how to (re)connect to your inner peace by Kimberly Poppe who has been immersed in Buddhist study and practice for the last 20 years.
Read it here: https://innerpeaceconference.org/blog/stop-drop
The founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, wrote often of a phenomenon called the transcendent function, when two energies come together, there is often an emergence of a mysterious third, that holds both but is far greater than simply the sum of the two combined. Something like this happened when Kimberly Poppe’s photography collided with Deborah Anne Quibell’s poetry. The two artists share a quiet love for the contemplative path. They find that creativity naturally emerges when we connect to the deeper aspects of our being, and simultaneously acknowledge that those deeper and deeper aspects are revealed and accessed through their artistic endeavours.
In her meditative seascapes, most of Kimberly’s images are of places where there are tides, ocean, salt lakes, as they meet that time of day known as dusk, twilight or eventide. Created with a slow shutter and deliberate camera movement, the images combine the different elements of earth, water, air and fire. She hopes that her images give people’s minds the space to rest.
In her mystical poetry, Deborah’s words yearn to leave the same sense of spaciousness and rest. She seeks and longs for words that leave a residue on the heart, that do not teach anything but simply touch upon a truth that lies inside of us all. Wander through the images and words slowly. Perhaps, pieces of you are reflected or lay within them. Or perhaps, you share a similar longing for divine moments of captivation. From wherever you are, enter, and feel welcome.
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This week’s styling with art takes inspiration from Tate Modern’s Agnes Martin exhibition. These minimalist furnishings and artworks prove that anyone can bring a little abstract spirituality into the home.
(To learn more about Agnes Martin's and to purchase her work, there is a wonderful page dedicated to her on Artsy: www.artsy.net/artist/agnes-martin)
Martin’s body of work encapsulates remarkable abstract minimalist pieces, including the delicate pastel colour washes that became her signature. Channelling Asian belief systems, Martin’s work was underpinned by the intrinsic belief that art should be inspired by spirituality and not intellect. Her works, although minimalist, eloquently evoke pure emotions - and as Martin's gallerist Arne Glimcher said, within her artwork the viewer experiences a pure state of existence.
It only takes a few statement pieces to transform your home, and we shall begin with this striking artwork by Kimberly Poppe. Whilst Poppe employs bolder colours in her works, and so is perhaps not the obvious choice, Poppe’s work has an immense feeling of spirituality. In her own words, she creates art that gives people's minds the space to rest. Shot through long exposures at dusk, the weather, light and water create an illusion of floating bands of colour, culminating in a single moment of perfection.
Curator Adriana Marques says: "These meditative visions of seascapes capture what we all crave, not the infinite, but time. Shot through long exposures, these soothing images offer us the promise of calm through colour, light and water."
How did you take these images? Did you use any special equipment?
These images were taken simply with a camera using a slow shutter speed and deliberate camera movement, mostly with my bare hands or occasionally using a tripod.
The setting looks so idyllic! Where did you take the photographs?
I spend a few months in Australia each year. This is where most of these images were taken. There is a special open and spacious quality of the land, sea and sky there. The light is also incredibly clear and bright. Unobstructed. The images are a combination of the different elements of earth, water, air and fire. Many of the images were taken in the same location. It is simply the time of day, the light or the weather that creates the differences in the floating bands of colour.
What inspires your artwork? What inspires your artwork?
The Impressionist painters, especially Monet’s later works, have always inspired me, particularly how they played with light and color. So, I started experimenting to see if I could capture the essence or the impression of what I was seeing with my camera, without the hyper-sharpness of detail that pervades most photography today. I also have always loved Mark Rothko’s paintings and the meditative quality of his work so I’m sure that must have had a sub-conscious effect as well. Meditation is a large part of my life (I’m a practicing Tibetan Buddhist) and I like to create art that gives people’s minds space to rest.
Are you thinking about creating more in this series or are you working on a different series of work now?
I am always open to creating more images in this series. Interestingly though, this series is not the main focus of my photography. Most of my photographs capture whatever it is that I see, simply and purely as it is, without manipulation like camera movement. Usually I don’t set out to try to capture anything in particular. Instead I try to go out exploring without expectations and with an open mind and open eyes. Somehow, it sounds much easier than it actually is in practice! I would highly recommend Andy Karr and Michael Wood’s book, The Practice of Contemplative Photography, for anyone interested in developing a new and fresh way of seeing the world.
How did you get in to photography?
Creativity has always been an important part of my life and I have always enjoyed taking about photographs. I first started seriously playing around with photography when I took my grandfather’s old 35 mm camera with me on my first trip around Europe. Now, I find that being a photographer helps me to be more fully present and freshly experience the world. I hope that my photographs do the same for whoever sees them.
What is your favourite thing to photograph and why?
Whatever I see! Meaning, whatever it is that reveals itself in any given moment, no matter how seemingly ordinary or mundane—how the light strikes the kitchen cupboard or reflections on a wet parking lot—those moments of seeing a different aspect of reality, beyond the veil that usually permeates our lives. The extraordinariness in ordinariness.
Stop by for the opening at 6:30pm on 2 July if you happen to be in the South of France!
Bodhgaya is the place where Siddhartha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree over 2500 years ago. It is the most sacred place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world. Here are some photographic impressions from a recent pilgrimage by Kimberly Poppe.
There is an interesting process that happens in our mind whenever we see or experience anything, but it happens so fast that we are not usually aware of it. The first moment we see something...
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Curator Adriana Marques says:
"These meditative visions of seascapes capture what we all crave, not the infinite, but time. Shot through long exposures, these soothing images offer us the promise of calm through colour, light and water."
The Shambhala Sun Foundation auction is bursting with a full and diverse range of spectacular art. Some Buddhist, some secular. Some original, some in print form. Some tactile and some purely, magnificently visual.
Kimberly Poppe works with perception. Her contemplative photographs look at familiar experiences with fresh eyes.
Looking for a holiday gift? How about this lovely 2015 full colour calendar with 12 images from my Eventide collection!
Eventide: (noun, archaic literary) the end of the day, evening. Images of places where there are tides (ocean, salt lakes) as they meet that time of day known as dusk, twilight or eventide...