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Olympic National Park, Washington

The following quote reflects something of what I seek:

“Even more challenging is the problem of taking a new picture of an animal or a landscape that has been photographed many times before.

That, of course, is the real problem: vision. In the Seventh and Eighth Centuries a Buddhist painter in China would stare at a flower or a monkey for days before lifting a brush. Finally he would dash off an ink drawing with a few strokes. The flower was not seen as an object of sentimentality; the monkey was not comical; for the first time a flower or a monkey had been focused on and fully seen on its own terms. The good nature photographers are in the same tradition; it is precisely this sort of clarity of vision that distinguishes their work at its best.”

- Edmund White

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Photograph, Copyright 2002, Tom Andrews, Wildland Art., All rights reserved