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"When you sweep, sweep," says the Zen master. A Buddhist monk sweeps an entrance to a monastery high on Koyosan mountain in Southern Japan. "Koyasan" refers to a mountain dotted with Shingon Buddhist temples, multiple shrines, and monasteries amongst coniferous trees and is a center of the Buddhist faith. In the long winter months, Koyasan is blanketed in deep snow. I looked to juxtapose old and new, permanent and ephemeral. I framed the modern event with the ancient elements of the door while the gently falling snow softened the whole composition, evoking serenity.

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"When you sweep, sweep," says the Zen master. A Buddhist monk sweeps an entrance to a monastery high on Koyosan mountain in Southern Japan. "Koyasan" refers to a mountain dotted with Shingon Buddhist temples, multiple shrines, and monasteries amongst coniferous trees and is a center of the Buddhist faith. In the long winter months, Koyasan is blanketed in deep snow. I looked to juxtapose old and new, permanent and ephemeral. I framed the modern event with the ancient...
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