A Photographic Translation: Unearthing A New Spiritual Language Open Access

Krzyston, Kelsey Angela (2011)

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A Photographic Translation: Unearthing A New Spiritual Language
By Kelsey A. Krzyston
A Photographic Translation: Unearthing A New Spiritual Language is an academically
focused and conversationally written document that expresses my research on spirituality,
historic photographic techniques, eastern religious practices, and artwork by two groundbreaking
artists. I begin with a brief discussion of my own personal spirituality, the way that it has
influenced my artwork, and how I intend to investigate my ideas about the interconnectedness of
our world through a combination of spirituality and abstracted photography. I segue into
individual discussions on the major themes of this work: Japanese Zen Buddhism, the camera
lucida, and two influential artists: Matthew Ritchie and Pablo Picasso. The paper concludes
with an integrated section about the impact of each of my interests as well as the ins and outs of
the installation process and how I aspire to continue to create art as a spiritual practice for the
rest of my life.

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Introduction 1
Japanese Zen Buddhism: The Spiritual Dimension 6
The Camera Obscura: A Brief History of the Painted Photograph 10
Matthew Ritchie and Pablo Picasso 16
Translation 20

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