The camera never lies, they say.
It is a true record of the moment, the photographer and the perspective, or viewpoint. What makes the shutter click, the moment of the photograph, so remarkable, is that it tells the truth about that very particular moment of time.
It is a record of a moment of perception and creation. It tells of the mind and vision of the photographer. It is a picture of the Void.
Even the casual snapshot is a Zen process, which reveals the momentary creation of the photographer. It may show telegraph wires that cut the picture in two, and that reveals the nature of the photographer’s seeing at that moment. Such snapshots are often disappointing, because the nature of the moment does not correspond to the moment as imagined by the photographer, who did not “see” the wires. .
This is why the true Zen photograph seems (and, indeed, is) so real, so simple. It is the result of a meditative state; an unadulterated response to the world, unaffected by what the photographer thought might be there or should be there.
It is a picture of the cloudiness or the clarity of the photographer’s mind in that moment.