Shunyata Series II

PhotographerCharlotte Stevenson
Entry Description

In certain sects of Buddhism, there is a concept called Shunyata. Although this term translates to "emptiness," it does not have the usual meaning that we associate with emptiness in the English language. In Buddhism, Shunyata means that everything in life--both animate and inanimate--is devoid or empty of absolute, independent, self-contained identity. Rather, all things are interrelated and in a constant state of flux of energy. This series explores that idea that from a certain point of view--captured by the camera--there is an interrelatedness and energy shared between everything.

About Photographer

Most of my photography falls into the area of fine art, abstract, nature photography, and most of my photographic series explore a point of view that is contrary to our conventional visual perception of the world, which leads us to believe that each object, person, or animal is physically and metaphysically separate from everything else. Instead, I am inspired by the ability to use the camera to capture the world in a more fluid state and explore the idea that all things are interrelated and in a constant state of energy flow. I am a Bay Area native and currently live in Oakland, California. I went to Stanford University for my B.S. and M.S. in marine biology and spent most of my time at Stanford's marine station in Monterey, California. I have been working in the field of marine science and policy for the last six years and during that time have also used my photography to illustrate environmental issues on which I am working.