As part of a tour put on by an organization called The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India recently visited the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas. They were there for a weeklong residency during which they constructed this magnificent Tantric Buddhist mandala sandpainting.
The monks will spend up to eight hours a day working together on one of their sandpaintings. The process starts with an opening ceremony and the consecration of work site.
Each work begins as a drawing, the outline of the mandala. Then, colored sand is poured from traditional metal funnels called chak-purs. Each monk holds a chak-pur in one hand, while running a metal rod on its grated surface; the vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid.
Once the sandpainting has been completed it is ceremoniously destroyed using a ritual vajra.
"The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing."
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Last november I did something I never thought anyone would ever convince me to. I did a three day 1 on 1 workshop for a very persistant australian photographer. This is one of her results she just finished, beautiful Reina Sawai of Vienna State Ballet by Liz Riley.
The whole thing was pretty intensive and consisted of a portfolio review, watching a ballet from the wings, going out with the dancers, shooting two demi soloists of Vienna State Ballet in the studio under my guidance, experiencing a live performance of four ballerinas from SND for an art project of my friend Casanova Sorolla, post production and many hours of Q&A. Turned out to be a great experience for everyone involved!