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  • Writer's picturePaul Cotter


The older I get, the more I appreciate the beauty of simplicity. And I've found, as I'm sure you have, that simplicity is not as simple as it appears.

Creating a photograph with a simple composition and no extraneous elements requires practice, effort and attention to detail. The same holds true for writing. As Mark Twain quipped, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”

It’s said that it takes 10 years of study to master the Japanese tea ceremony – the epitome of simplicity and harmony.

Simplicity takes work. But the result is deeply, simply satisfying.

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Andrew Ilachinski
Andrew Ilachinski
Apr 30, 2023

What a lovely, deeply quiet image... would make a great cover of a book on Zen Koans (the book itself might as well be "empty" :) As you say, images such as these are very hard to find, to capture, and - for some - hard even to appreciate (where is the "Wagnerian-Epic view?"). Oh, it's there, along with so much more. Beautifully done. It reminds me of my dad's final painting (that was still sitting on his easel the day he died over 20 years ago). My dad was a lifelong artist with decades' worth of "complex" landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes. Yet his final image was a beguilingly "simple" watercolor (childlike even, to untrained/unappreciative eyes) of a few colored…

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May 01, 2023
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Just opened this morning, on Dad's 100th birthday. Was in Puerto Rico a few years ago. Dad was stationed there in WWII. It was quite a site to see the gun emplacements there. It was so peaceful to see and experience but reminded me of the horror of the time. The slit in the rocks, and circle within reminded me of the gun emplacement, the tea pot symbolizing the peace and freedom that was earned. Beautiful shot Paul. Happy Birthday Dad. You are truly at peace!

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