Entry Title: "Transcendental Space"
Name: Thomas Seear-Budd , New Zealand
Category and Expertise: Landscape, Student


Entry Description: This work questions the way in which one’s experience and relationship with the natural environment can enable physical, psychological and spiritual growth. Created in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam these images focus on the spiritual and healing properties of water, particularly the way in which it moves, rests and pauses within its natural setting. The intention of the resulting photographs is to transport the viewer into a therapeutic and contemplative state, one of silence, stillness and solitude. These experiences exist within a long history of removing and isolating oneself from ‘society’ in order to repair the mind, soul and physical body.

About the Artist:

I am a twenty-two year old, self-taught, fine art landscape photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. My journey in photography to date has been short, intense and astonishingly rewarding. I became interested in photography through my studies and experiences in architecture. Throughout my four years at architecture school the artistic expression of drawing and designing form and space has taught me; geometry, the use if line, balance, movement, pause and composition. Architecture has opened my eyes and mind, encouraging, and teaching me to see and create. Currently my work revolves around the notions of spirituality and healing within a natural landscape. The work questions the way in which one’s experience and relationship with the natural environment can enable physical, psychological and spiritual growth. During a recent expedition through South East Asia I began to focus on the spiritual and healing properties of water, particularly the way in which it moves, rests and pauses within its natural setting. The intention of the resulting photographs is to transport the viewer into a therapeutic and contemplative state, one of silence, stillness and solitude. These experiences exist within a long history of removing and isolating oneself from ‘society’ in order to repair the mind, soul and physical body. However, through pressures on the life-work balance within a Western society, the notions of stillness, silence and solitude are becoming more and more scarce.