“You need to understand why your work is so Zen.” That was the critique of my images, offered by photographer John Telford, during a retreat in the Utah desert three decades ago. Those words stuck with me, and in 2005, I began to understand during a contemplative workshop with Zen Abbott and master photographer John Daido Loori. Daido’s way of seeing, and his Zen of Creativity taught me to align my eyes, mind and heart within a quiet, still inner space, allowing me to express my Self more authentically and intentionally.
For me, contemplative photography is a spiritual practice, providing respite from the noise, and communion with the Divine. When we focus on seeing through the lens of our heart, the nature of spirit and the spirit of nature opens, and the invisible becomes visible. Our inner and outer worlds are no longer separate, they become one. My mission is to “teach people to see,” to live the embodiment of truth, beauty and goodness. Photography can be our reflection and our voice.
As a creative and spiritual guide, I love sharing how each of us can connect with and express our inner wisdom, our true nature, through our own Divine Sight. Whether you are new to photography or an old pro, I hope the various photo galleries here inspire you to see beyond seeing, to discover the sacred in the mundane, to gently behold and receive an image, and to delight in the awe and wonder this world has to offer. Enjoy!
What others say
One of the remarkable things about Lisa’s photographs is the amount of presence that emanates from them. She has a gift for capturing the eternal. Whether a close up detail of the heart of a flower, a sweeping vista or gentle curl of a leaf, I am always moved by her work. Seeing her photographs reminds me of the tender beauty I am always surrounded by as I go through my days, and helps me remember to slow down enough to notice and be nourished by it. Christine Tulis – Sound Temple Music and Healing Arts.
Lisa’s Divine Sight arose from the devotion of a tenacious spirit longing to know the essential beauty that resides in every thing once it resides in the undivided heart of the seer. Working with Lisa is a rigorous journey home to the emergent beauty of Self, which is reflected everywhere. Deborah Jones – Spiritual Director, Nine Gates Mystery School
Thank you for the gift of your photography and reflections. I’ve been savoring your images with eyes, mind and spirit. I love coming across oases where I can rest in the sacred a little while. It’s a joy to see you seeing the world. RevBlueSky – Photographer/Poet, Portland OR
The beauty of Lisa’s vision, and how she captures it for us through the lens of her camera and through her words is absolutely profound. Her great gift as a teacher is how gently she guides us to see through an open heart. Gay Luce – Founder, Nine Gates Mystery School
Lisa helped me understand why I enjoy photography. Her guidance helped me connect to the overall scene and individual subjects. As a result my senses were enhanced, I saw things I would not have otherwise seen. JN – Photographer, Marin CA