Meditative mind & calm seeing:
——A preface to the photographic artist You Guanglin's photography exhibition of "meditation"
Chinese intellectuals have interesting on turning knowledge into wisdom, turning wisdom into delight, and turning delight into art.
Usually, there are four screens picture of plum、orchid、bamboo and chrysanthemum, or four seasons picture of spring、summer、autumn and winter in the hall, in order to express ambition and interest. Today, "Keep calm and you'll be wisdom" which hard to picture is described by artists You Guanglin's photographic images; A flower、 a piece of grass、a beam of sunlight and a wall through the unique perspective and unique composition，turn image into mind，make peace of mind and calm down heart. Relax and fall into reverie such as Kongming said: "gentleman’s behavior: developed culture by rest state, increased character by thrifty, non-indifferent not insist oneself dream-free, without serenity not go far. "
This is simple images and transparent scene. There is no story of documentary photography, but meaningful; useless salon photography sweet, but elegant noble; exquisite like a pendulum, vivid like a capture; brilliantly conceived, but leave no trace; because those works are creating "meditative mind "of fresh and actions, and washing the heart. Serenity comes up meditative mind, look at the side-view which full relaxation of thoughts and feelings, and savor a corner with which a diversity of interests. Live in rest state such as looking busy flower fell out of court; thrifty situation such as looking clouds cirrus in the sky.
Calm is not meaning bored and lonely, not meaning very heavy, but containing the vigor and vitality. Mirrors of live change into a metaphor and a humanoid by You Guanglin's photographic images, just like speaks for the hundreds of Buddhist Sutra. Artist saw the image of actresses and actors of Chinese Opera in the pond, and saw a image of female body when the sun shines on a tree trunk of the woods in the early morning. Illusion and transformation of images can be seen everywhere. A monk asked Yunmeng: "what is Buddhism", Yunmeng replied: "manure", and not as "Word" to understand. Zhuang Zhou said: "Word in the manure, Word in seed, Word in the brick and tile", Lingji explaining meditation: "Word displayed by things, and in no sense instead of showing real, see the true face of people in small things", ordinary people and saints are the same in very frank of speaking with words of wisdom.
Life is impermanent, and the world is fickleness, as filled with joy in You Guanglin's photography, such as the "eternal smile of Buddha". You Guanglin depicted " Keep calm and you'll be wisdom" by photographs. Those pictures are perfect beauty, rich and complex, pure and simple, elegant shape, have a sense of movement, breath moist and delicate.
Appreciate those photography works of You Guanglin, as a chant said: " Green Mountain does not care about things of the world, green water does not distinguish right and wrong ". As a curator of the art museum of Fujian province， You Guanglin is intended to tell the audience by means of photography: "Life is beautiful".
Settled down to carefully read, carefully read would be calm.
Dr. Wang Xianjun
2012.2.19 .in Fuzhou