"matang buhay"--Tagalog for eyes that are alive. Jose Miguel Lisbona

by Phillip Ziegler January. 07, 2017 981 views

My Facebook friend, the amazing Filipino photographer Jose Miguel Lisbona explained that matang buhay means eyes that are alive. He uses this term to describe his approach to contemplative photography. My son, Josh's, mother is Filipina and so I have a special connection the the Filipino culture. I wanted to share Jose's term because I think it so beautifully expresses what we are developing--we are enlivening our eyes to see the extraordinary in the everyday and the ordinary. And, through our images we are able, hopefully, to help our viewers see the their everyday worlds with alive eyes. We all miss so much of the amazing visual world because we are lost in thought, rushing here or there, seeing only what we need to see to get to the next moment. Contemplative photography is a practice for waking up and part of waking up is enlivening our eyes.

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Kaeyla Mcgee 2 years, 11 months ago

The b/w treatment works so well with this image.

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Phillip Ziegler Replied to Kaeyla Mcgee 2 years, 11 months ago

I have suddenly been going back to black and white a lot. I love the colors you get with a Fuji and with an iPhone but I spent years as a black and white photographer so I still have an eye for light and shadow and the power of black, white and gray forms.

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