400d 17mm iso100 f4 25sec.
The Zen master Ryokan lived a very simple life in a little hut at the foot of the mountain. one night, when the master was away, a thief broke into the hut only to discover that there was nothing to steal.
Ryokan returned and caught the burglar. “You have put yourself to much trouble to visit me, ” he said.
“You must not go away empty handed. Please take my clothes and blanket as a gift.”
The thief, quite bewildered, took the clothes and slunk off.
Ryokan sat down naked and watched the moon. “Poor fellow,” he thought to himself, “I wish I could give him the gorgeous moonlight.”
Shots taken during the School-based Education and Awareness on Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation project of SAVE THE CHILDREN a Non-Government Organization based in Naga City. It was held in a disaster prone town of Cabusao, Camarines Sur last Sept. 25-27, 2008. I was tasked to photo document the said activity..
photos of children who were just there observing things and more…
The master’s sermon that day consisted of one enigmatic sentence.
With a wry smile he said, “All I do is sit by the bank of the river, selling river water.”
I was so busy buying the water that i failed to see the river.
taken 8/25/08 at 32mm with iso100 1/1000sec f4.2
The rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find the Southern fisherman lying lazily beside his boat, smoking a pipe.
“Why aren’t you out fishing?” said the industrialist.
“Because I have caught enough fish for the day,” said the fisherman.
“Why don’t you catch some more?”
“What would I do with it?”
“You could earn more money” was the reply.
“with that you could have a motor fixed to your boat and go into deeper waters and catch more fish. then you would make enough to buy nylon nets. these would bring you more fish and more money. soon you would have enough money to own two boats… maybe even a fleet of boats. then you would be a rich man like me.”
“What would I do then?”
“Then you could really enjoy life.”
What do you think I am doing right now?”
Which would you rather have: a fortune or a capacity for enjoyment?
taken 9/26/08 at 105mm iso800 1/160 sec. f5.6
- 18mm iso100 30 sec. f3.5 (night shot Mt. Isarog during my joyride to Calabanga, Camarines Sur, Philippines)
Said the monk, “All the mountains and rivers and the earth and stars -where do they come from?”
Said the master, “Where does your question come from?”
it’s my first product shoot for a local ice cream shop called Coldshack in Naga City, Philippines. it was a fun and refreshing afternoon. we took the shots then we ate the ice cream. it was a free shoot though. the owner of the shop is our friend and supporter of our endeavor.
more photos here
thanks Alvin Lo.