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Aspendell, California

“Photography gives us for the first time a feeling of the structure of things with an intensity which the eye, limited by its accommodation, had hitherto been quite unable to perceive.” – Otto Steinert
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This image was made near Aspendell, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Hasselblad 501cm medium format camera. #thisismycommunity #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

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The Buttermilks

Recently, I received the following quote in an email correspondence:
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” Abhyasa (practice) is a dedicated, unswerving, constant, and vigilant search into a chosen subject pursued against all odds in the face of repeated failures, for indefinitely long periods of time.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
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The sender was a stranger, and I have no idea why she included this quote. But I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately. I’m not one to give up, nor am I afraid to make mistakes. Instead, I welcome and learn from them. With regards to photography, I continue to strive for improvement, even through missteps, setbacks, and experiments, and it’s become a life pursuit with no end in sight. So it seems that I’ve been following Abhyasa. I like this.
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This image was made in The Buttermilks, West of Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #sierranevada #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

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The Buttermilks

“Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” – Walker Evans
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This image was made below Mount Basin near The Buttermilks, West of Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 100 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #mountbasin #sierranevada #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto