As today is Bodhi day, the day in the Buddhist tradition that commemorates Buddha’s achievement of enlightenment under a Bodhi tree, it seems a good day to highlight the work of an exceptional photographer whose work seems to reflect something very similar.
Bodhi Day is celebrated as a day to honour the many pathways to enlightenment. And world travelling photographer Nicholas Halpin has an extraordinary ability to capture such pathways through the lens of his camera.
When I first saw Nick’s work at a recent art exhibition I was instantly captivated by the power of his imagery. It was a quiet, almost understated type of power, but breathtakingly beautiful. There was an ineffable light shining through the work, a kind of magic that compelled one to stop and ponder, as in a call to meditation.
In discussion with Nick I found that he was born under the Maya Calendar influence of 4 Ix, which, indeed, is aligned with the power of enchantment.
Associated with “Santo Mundo”, the Earth Father or “Holy World”, Ix (Jaguar) is representative of earth power, mountains, and magic. Four Ix, in particular, is specifically representative of the sun working in combination with earth magic, and this is what is Nick captures in his work.
One of the first images that caught my eye was a striking portrait of a Ladahki shaman, taken in India. There is a light shining through this man’s eyes that makes the image hauntingly beautiful.
Nick also captures wonderful portals, doorways and passageways that hint of secret places, earth mysteries, and hidden enticements. And often there is that beckoning light, that presence of the Solar Deity represented by the number four.
At times it is the earth itself that takes centre stage, with the solar aspect still present, but in more of a supporting role. But for the most part there they are, sun and earth dancing together in Nick’s images, reminding us of the awesome wonders to be found in this earthly realm.
To see more of Nick’s work visit http://www.eyeswideopen.ca/
An excellent way to focus on enlightenment on this Bodhi Day. Namaste.