a blog by Knut Skjærven


THE PICTURE. © Knut Skjærven.


23 responses

  1. dear and divine….picture of self realization..

    vertical dimension of perfect balance….

    the picture of existence..space and time….

    this picture represents the journey of life…a picture of vertical dimension reflects the journey and closeness to truth…..

    yesterday I wrote this quote this goes well with this picture….

    “Wisdom is knowing that I am nothing outside, Love is knowing that I am everything inside, in between life is a journey of creative enlightenment…..bridging the space between the body and soul ….to mirror God…..with picture..

    love all..

    February 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

  2. Thanks, Ram.

    I am delighted to read you texts. Your quote is brilliant. You took The Picture and made it into A Larger Picture :-).

    I have some questions. Only if you feel like it 🙂

    I often am attracted to simple scenes like this. In spite of the simplicity the content is often ambivalent, even if I first see that later. For instance when a spend time on the image on my computer.

    What do you think in general: Is such an attraction to simplicity the result of some inborn disposition e.g. a need for simplicity, or is it mostly the result of knowledge and experience that you e.g. gain from looking at other pictures, other art?

    In general, how is this phenomenon explained?


    February 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

  3. dear and divine..a small story I was reading on the blog yesterday….

    Devadatta, a cousin of Buddha, was hungry for power and status. He wanted to become the head of the order of monks. Buddha would not allow him to lead his mission. Harboring ill feelings towards Buddha, Devadatta made several attempts to kill him.
    He persuaded the royal elephant-keepers to release a fierce elephant on to Buddha’s path. The elephant was intoxicated and let loose on the streets where Buddha used to walk regularly. People panicked and fled in all directions. However, Buddha kept walking, radiating the same peace and calm even in the face of this danger.

    The elephant came rushing towards Buddha in a mad fury. Once it reached Buddha, it immediately calmed down. Its wild nature simply dissolved in Buddha’s enlightened presence. Buddha touched the elephant’s forehead and stroked it gently. Calmed by the patting, the elephant bent on its knees and bowed down to Buddha!
    This is the result of the peace radiated by a person who is fully satisfied and blissful. Just like the waves created in a lake when you throw a stone into it, our thoughts have a much greater impact than what we think.
    We are not individual islands. Our thoughts, our emotions, and our feelings not only affect us but they affect the rest of the world also. Individual stress, hatred, and violence cause an increase in the collective stress, hatred, and violence in society! We need to break this cycle; otherwise it will just continue to cause more calamities – both natural and manmade!

    Today there so many mad elephants around us. They frighten us and persuade us to lose faith. We need to recognize them for what they are. Hope we are gifted this clarity and the veil lifts.

    my comments was….. we are in a age of mess age …so first own cage to sage……oneness of Buddha transmits….waves of shorter wavelength than delta waves hence create timeless around…..so need is to reform ourselves….it will have a collective transformation of mad elephants of modern society…

    creativity is a prayer and to spot beauty defines level of oneness of logical and emotional intelligence …..as oneness increases …..one can spot beauty in very simple things also…..so one day you will be able to spot beauty in every thing around you…the beauty in every atom….so your photos reflects your persona…and one day they will reflect Buddha in you….so just a simple 3 minutes prayer any time of the day will bring oneness closer and closer…

    Right hand …body
    left hand ….soul
    bring them together…
    mirror of God…
    minimum for 3 minutes or rub the palms together…it will improve health also…
    like prayers…..
    balance of mind……
    mind to no mind…
    life = dance of zero
    love all…
    so simple

    February 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  4. You asked me, dear Knut, for my personal interpretation of “darshan”:
    Always a process – never a moment.
    Exterior and interior as well – oneness.
    Begining and outcome as well – oneness.

    … and darshan.

    February 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

  5. Many thanks, Heike.

    I need to digest some of this and will then return :-). I know I owe you an answer on Facebook too.

    Good to see you here, as well.

    Ram, we have got company. I know the lightmalerin from Facebook :-). She is eminent.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

  6. Ram, many thanks for your lengthy answer. Your story is very illustrative, and from now on mad elephants will be in my vocabulary.

    Just a quick question: are prayers and meditations the same?

    February 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  7. dear and divine…. meditation is a black and white photography….and prayer is a colour photography…. so first step is colour photography….black and white is a next level…in this week we will share hidden science behind both and Darshan as well….
    love all…

    February 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  8. Fascination talk, Ram. I am all ears :-).

    And yet, I seem to know all of this beforehand. You are just “illuminating” it for me:-). The framework is different, and maybe the torch is, as well :-).

    Of course black and white is closer to truth than colour photography is :-). Black and white is second level story telling. Not beyond colour photography, but within it.

    Phenomenologists, of which there are only a few in game, but many in name, will know (some of) this phenomenon as bracketing and reduction :-).


    February 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm

  9. “We shall nor cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.”

    T.S. Eliot.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

  10. Dear Knut,

    here is a quote for you, which I read a long time ago:

    “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add but when there is nothing left to take away.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)


    February 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm

  11. Many thanks, Heike. I like it :-). Very true too.

    Have a very good evening.


    February 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

  12. dear and divine…. perfection is a journey of time so outside……totality is a journey of timelessness so inside…..worship of work is totality at every level of perfection….journey of creative enlightenment…effortless ….effort..
    love all…

    February 15, 2011 at 12:14 am

  13. dear and divine…. a small note on Darshan…means to witness the enlightened…

    persons face is the mirror of inside….now scientist find that half face represents your left brain which represents body and other half right brain which represents your soul…..and mind is the bridge between the two as oneness increases inside….the vibrational frequency travel from time to timelessness of God…..that reflects on the face of enlightened souls we call them Buddha….and that is the reason we go for DARSHAN…..to witness a silent conversations between two frequencies…..as they match we feel better as they do not match we feel uncomfortable….smile is the silent language of God…. love all…

    February 21, 2011 at 6:47 am

  14. dear and divine knut…. Knowledge is an awareness of a fact, skill, or circumstance. Everything there is to know exists right now through Infinite Mind, Cosmic Consciousness or GOD. So learning is not acquiring something you did not have before. It is becoming aware of a skill, fact or circumstance you were not aware of before. So let’s look deeper. Since everything is energy this means that all knowledge is energy. Energy has a vibrational frequency and thus knowledge exists on different levels of vibrational frequency. You are familiar with the grades we all went through in school. As our knowledge grew, so did our vibrational frequency as we aligned with the awareness of certain facts, skills or circumstances. …. there is a saying when pupil is ready….the master appears……so my dear and divine Knut.. at any age you could have a positive vibrational frequency….to connect to cosmic search engine…..and worship of work keeps the connections active …..many starts with positive vibrational frequency…..but with ego…..down grade themselves towards negative vibrational frequency…and there they loose beauty and timeless in there work….so black and white is a level first to bring all colours into white and then play with light and shade…so in my view….colour photography is a dimension of black and white photography…love all…

    February 21, 2011 at 7:10 am

  15. Many thanks, Ram, for extensive and important comments :-).

    I enjoy reading them, and I learn something every time I read one of your comments. Talking about God in you religion is so very different from talking about God in my religion.

    What really mades me smile is this sentence: When pupil is ready the master appears. But this master does not come from the outside, right? He/she comes from the inside, right? When you are a good photographer you will know that yourself? Is that the way to understand what you are saying?

    Now, I hardy know any photographer who has reaches a certain level, that will not say about his/her own work that it is good work. Why would anyone engage in lousy or left handed work? Surely, everyone in this area, as in many others, will strive to be “masters” of their craft.

    So here is my question (one of them at least), as I anticipate that “real master photography” “objectively” distinguishes itself in some ways from “less master photography”, or even “non master photography”.

    QUESTION: What are the qualities that you will detect in single photograph, and maybe even in portfolios, that make you say, or think, that this shot, or this portfolio, is made by a “master photographer”.

    LEADING QUESTION: Does it has do to with content or form or both or maybe something quite different?

    I am really looking forward to hear your answers.

    Many thanks :-). Have a good day.

    All the best


    February 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

  16. dear and divine…. when pupil is ready …master appears….it is like the at every degree of temperature …the properties of water changes so with positive vibrational frequency…your question are on cosmic search engine like we search on internet….so one you get connected with the similar frequency people…like we got connected….because we both are a transmitter of vibrational frequency of energy….or the answer can appear in any thing or in dreams or inside…so one must always have love inside to remain positive as goodness is God…

    any word or work or photograph carry a vibrational frequency as silence inside the art… that comes from oneness …so communicate with your camera…that also has a vibrational frequency….In India when one buy a car it is worshiped so as young boy …I used to wonder why they worship now I realise how scientific they were….silence is measure of timelessness….that is the reason Taj mahal or pyramid or many musical symphonies are played even after hundred and thousand of years…..your photograph has a very nice silence so your work will be viewed for long time to come for generations…

    now a photograph …content is expressed as form so it is a live photograph….both are equally important….and when oneness happens between you your camera….content and the form…a third dimension appear …like when our two eyes vision merge it brings depth…the depth is the beauty in photo so is in voice…so is in women…or men ..

    love all..

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

  17. Many thanks again, Ram. I really enjoy this last post. I need time to digest all this :-).

    Here is what I found in the meantime. You might like this article: http://www.benwyeth.co.uk/archives/1527

    Remember this whole conversation started by me asking simple questions about Henri Cartier-Bresson’s art. The article I found here is really illumination.

    I used the cosmic search engine to find it :-))).


    February 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

  18. dear and divine……..another warrior of light…..in making…( Knut ) inside the armour….0f God…

    enjoying the work and the article…thanks…

    love all

    February 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

  19. Ram, many thanks for your comment.

    When you use the expression “warrior of light”, is it then a reference to Paulo Coelho’s universe? I was very fascinated by his books once, and I actually have his manual.



    February 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm

  20. dear and divine…. yes….it is the reference….and you yourself are a living manual…. fascination is oneness with beauty..
    love all…

    February 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

  21. hmm … fascination is oneness with beauty? I had not thought of that :-).

    A warrior of light knows that he has much to be grateful for :-). Thanks.


    February 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  22. I love the simplicity and clarity of this image. I admire the way you often use space in your work. It makes the single human figure somehow more significant to me.

    I very much enjoyed reading Ram’s insightful comments.

    February 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

  23. Many thanks, Graham. You are always such a good support 🙂

    Yes, I like using open spaces because they have that capacity of drawing attention away from themselves and towards those object, human or other, that are in the frame.

    And they connotate freedom and ability to choose different roads. The human predicament so to speak. Well, for some of us anyway …



    February 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

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