Jon Kolkin ~ North Carolina

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Jon Kolkin: " It is my hope that my art will serve as a vehicle, which invites the viewer to step back, take a deep breath, and reconnect with himself or herself. Each series is intended to open a dialogue about issues that I feel are integral to the process of living life, eyes open. It is my hope that people will find my art, and it’s underlying messages, useful as they seek purpose, wellbeing and fulfillment in their lives."

Inner Harmony … Learning from the Buddhist Spirit
A collection of photographs selected from the Inner Harmony Series by Jon Kolkin
[Raleigh, North Carolina]: Jon Kolkin Photography, 2014. Edition of 50.

12 x 13"; 74 pages. Bilingual, English and Chinese. Text was written in English and translated into traditional Chinese. Printed on Mohawk 100# text weight archival paper. Calligraphy by Oi Yee Tai of Ontario, Canada. Chinese translation and editing by Yan Hede of Whenzhou, China, and Ray Liu of Cary, North Carolina. Handbound in Japanese silk over boards using a stab binding. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Introduction by Jon Kolkin. Photography by Jon Kolkin of Buddhist monks and nuns from throughout Asia.

Jon Kolkin: "When someone is searching for happiness, I believe what they are really seeking is a sense of Inner Harmony. This comes from a desire to achieve fulfillment, inner peace, and a feeling that we are connected to something greater than ourselves.

"It is so tempting to look externally to find happiness. We tend to reward ourselves with things, such as eating certain foods or purchasing something we want, but don’t necessarily need. And while these strategies can bring us great pleasure, it is often short-lived. It is my impression that lasting happiness can only come from within.

"This concept was reinforced for me during a trip in the fall of 2012. I was privileged to spend one month with 100 female Buddhist monks and nuns at the Taiping Temple in Wenzhou, China. It was extremely challenging to gain access and a modest level of acceptance into their cloistered community. However, it was an invaluable experience, and I came away with a new appreciation for these dedicated women and their quest to achieve an inner rhythm of peace and balance."


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