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My name is Augen (pronounced ow-ghen; in German it means "eyes.")

With your eyes you perceive the world and can see the beauty around you. And there is a lot of beauty in this world. It is sometimes easy to forget how much beauty there is around us. I choose to bring it into focus; highlight it - accentuate its exquisite detail.

How we perceive our environment reveals the condition of our spirit. And seeing a landscape through a photograph - through another's eyes - shares the condition of their spirit. If it is inspiring to you it imparts strength and conditions the spirit in you too.

In art, the process ultimately determines the quality of the result. And it seems that the more difficult the process, the greater the quality. In good art, there are no short-cuts, nothing easy ever achieved greatness.

So I shoot with film as my primary medium, not because it is more work, but because the digital world, for all it's convenience and ease, quantizes our delectably analog world, slicing it into byte-sized chunks, and sucking it's soul into a machine akin to a meat grinder, turning it into eye candy, visual fast food, as malnourishing to a soul as McBurgers are to the American populace.

Since going to film, my digital camera's primary role is now "expensive light meter."

But I must admit, it really does make an excellent light meter.

In visual mediums, symbolism is the language the artist uses to communicate his message. In spiritual realms, the symbolism of the process - how you perform a task - the materials you choose, how you apply them, and the intent you infuse, matters more than the outcome itself. Because by choosing the proper path, you have already chosen the outcome. You must only stay the course to achieve it. So is it significant then that in choosing to process with film, one takes a negative and turns it into a positive? I think that it is. For is this not like what life is really all about?

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." ~Ansel Adams

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hosagu Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Merci! :)
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artbitNick Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the llama! :D
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abyss1956 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I do appreciate for the fav:D (Big Grin)  It means a lot to meHug Love 
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abyss1956 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Thanks a lot for the llama:D (Big Grin) 
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
:iconllamajumpplz: thanks for the llama :)
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lululetti Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the llama, here's one back! :hug:
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HoremWeb Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the llama! I just read your intro and I see that mentioning Ansel Adams was hitting the bull :) 
But... The motto is true for Ansel Adams techniques and the zone system, but taking a photo is also a meaningful, artistic process. Not as taking a nap or taking some coffee but as taking a tour—you plan to get from here to there, plan the route, percept all the influences you find valuable and reach your desired target. In this sense taking a photo is not only pressing the button, trapping fotons to emulsion or bytes but it is getting more, absorbing details of the world and this is also a personal spiritual achievement. Zone System is a way, very interesting, but not better nor worse than any consistent and conscious photography. For me, this is where art of photography emerges over taking snapshots.

I am not the source of ultimate truth and this is not the Words of Wisdom. I just admired these things by watching your photographs, remembering Ansel Adams and reading your words (and his ones). Thank you for this experience!
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Beautiful work!!! You capture the essence of our beautiful world!!  and thank you for the Llama, much appreciated!!
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malaugusto Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014   Photographer
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Andy813 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Augen, you're such a talented photographer. I love your shots of Yosemite! thank you for the llama badge :)
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