About the Artist
Among Larry’s mentors in the wider world of photography are Minor White, Ansel Adams, and Imogen Cunningham. Though his subjects are varied, he has specialized in Northwest outdoor scenes and, most recently, is making large-format black-and-white nature studies for exhibition. The stock shown on his Web site includes photos of snowscapes, rivers, mountains, rock formations, buttes, waterfalls, and the wild Olympic coastline.
Larry draws inspiration from ancient Chinese philosophy, especially Lao Tsu and the Tao Te Ching. The Zen of seeing, for which one must wait, empty oneself, and be still, crystallizes on the camera’s ground glass and gives expression to his mind’s eye.
For Larry, nature photography is a very personal and spiritual process of discovery. The moment when the shutter is released is, for the photographer, an indescribable experience of centeredness and of oneness with the unspoiled wonder of nature.
Larry Murphy’s photographs have appeared in the February 2005 edition of Shanghai Home Décor and in Photographer’s Form Magazine’s 2000-2002 Best of Photography Annual. Some notable exhibits were at Greenwood, Ohlund (Ballard), Shoreline Center (Shoreline, Washington), the Chinese Culture Center (Seattle), the Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle), the Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History (Lewiston, Idaho), the Northwest Asian American Theater’s RAW Gallery (Seattle), and the Northwest Exhibition of Environmental Photography (Seattle, WA).
"Wait for the right moment. Be empty, be still. Watch everything just come and go. Emerging from the source, returning to the Source. This is the way of nature."
Web site: www.ZenDogStudio.com
About Zen Dog:
The Zen Dog Studio and Tea House Gallery regularly hosts visual arts exhibitions by local and international Asian artists working in a variety of media. A Chinese tea ceremony complements the Zen experience.
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