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凝視, 空 感覺Contemplative Contemplation
the sense of emptiness

Contemplative contemplation, as the sense of very first life that was begun in the ocean

towards the sun to get the sun's energy for its own life,

not consciousness, not concentration but just as the sense of immemorial antiquity.



Trying to capture a certain reality with words might be similar to 'the act of sketching' to express the reality. It effectively describes facts, phenomena, realities, and this world, but also it is just 'points to' it, and it never be the fact itself. So, wanting to experience the vivid moment that we only have heard to those of ancient time at the right moment of here and now is perhaps our obsession and desire. It seems, then, that the only thing left to do is to use ourselves and our own bodies as the lamps and to light the way we have to go. Also, making ourselves as the lamps mean to illuminate 'the way' to go, not to see us as a destination.

So, I put these works out, creating messages through my own experience and making it the 'visibles'. The Modern science tells us that we cannot know underlying reality. The conclusion that only we can get gives the questions of 'why and how' and the insights that are coming from deduction not reality itself.

'Knowing' is always a journey toward to possiblility and the knowledge is not the ontological object but the 'motion' that can't be standstill. If there is the stoppable and true knowledge, it's just a figment or fantasy that came from our own ignorance. We are not on a journey to know a specific 'something', but on a journey of 'potentiality'. If the cause of point is only an idea, then the final conclusion is also only the useless idea.

If we control our craving for these things, the real world welcomes us.


The story begins with the words, '

Neither conscious nor focused, as the sense of very first life that was begun in the ocean towards the sun to get the sun's energy for its own life'


immersion (anupassana: 凝視)

rule of interaction

Contemplative Contemplation © BHANG Youngmoon, 2018, 2020, 2021

An etymological and historical interpretation

of the limits of the language and a visual expression of it.


Through the exposure time of 11 minutes and 7 seconds and 66 minutes, the imperfection of human mind is expressed lingustically and numerologically, the expression of the imperfection of human mind, and the visual acceptance, which can only be seen as the same color but with a very different color depending on the background, is the expression of the imperfection of human perception. 

Far out at sea, during the sunset,

at the moment of transition,

my photo-taking behavior

is to be my Karma(業, कर्म).

According to the ancient Vedic tradition of the ritual yajña(यज्ञ), I was standing at the place that can look down the surface of West Sea of Korean Peninsular to take photos. I checked the time of sunset before the photo-taking, open my camera shutter and take a 11 minutes and 7 seconds long exposure photo. In my photo works, there are not shapes, no lines but only colors can remain.

Photographer's Notes:

Each photographs are 66 minutes, 33 minutes or 11 minutes 7 seconds long exposures of sea surface. “The idea of time as something homeostatic and recurring was represented by water”(Munesuke Mita) in many civilizations. 

I took 66 and 33 and 11 minutes 7 seconds. 66 and 33 came from the Ancient Near Eastern Numerology and the latter number came from the idiom in Korean language of Buddhistic tradition ’50,000 charl-ra(刹那)’. According to the scholars, ‘charl-ra(刹那)’ was induced by the Abhidhamma early Buddhism schools. It was dogmatic approach of the early Buddhism schools but this kind of terms are sort of hermeneutical error. 

Unfortunately, early Buddhist Schools such as the Abhidhamma made the following mistakes: conceptualization, hypostatization and acceptance of abstraction. A state of self-effacement and impermanency came from the process of deconstruction of falsifying conceptualization and hypostatization. It can be understand in the state of deconstruction of hypostatization, do not separate between principle and phenomenon, do not separate between essence and development. But the early Buddhist schools made such mistakes again and they developed concepts such as ‘charl-ra’, ‘mind’

Charl-Ra 찰나

刹那 Kṣaṇa (क्षण, “moment”) 

'Charl-ra (moment; 刹那 Kṣaṇa क्षण)" is the smallest unit of time, of varying lengths depending on Buddhistic tradition, that can be converted to 1/75 second in modern measure of time. It's a cycle of mind. One thought is emerged, sustained and decayed in our mind in 1 Charl-ra(Kṣaṇa). According to this Buddhistic idea, our thought fluctuates from charl-ra to charl-ra without ceasing.

Human Mind 마음

Human mind never can be ceased. It's very similar to a fluid and the micro-world phenomena. It's come into existence, abided, changed and become extinct in Charl-ra'.

50,000 Thoughts 오만가지 생각

In about 11 minutes and 6 seconds and half, our thought in mind fluctuates almost 50,000 times. "50,000 thoughts (오만가지 생각)" is very famous idom in Korean language and it came from this Buddhistic tradition.

My photography series <Contemplative Contemplation> is based on visualization of numerology, etymology and conceptual history. And it’s a process of deconstruction to realize that abstraction is not reality, as Alfred N. Whitehead’s “the fallacy of misplaced concreteness”.

In addition, this story is shown to many people through the medium and method of photography.
This is my 'adrift journal', which I write in the vast ocean of ​​the world.

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