Murals of Tibet at the Explorers Club, New York

Murals of Tibet at the Explorers Club, New York


The inspiration of looking at this book—it’s a wow. I mean, it really is extraordinary. Every bit of the process of perception is
an individual’s subjective experience of the world. We look at that and we go, well it exists
as an object, but it doesn’t. But how it connects to the rest of us, and
how we project our own meaning into our sensual experience. The very crude nature of our sensual experience
is individual. Why don’t you describe what it takes to
come up with something as detailed as that? So when you enter this room in Tibet, I set
up a vertical rail and I have two cameras off-flash. Then I spend the day shooting hundreds of images. That’s a lovely day, in Tibet,
in a dark room. You see the Buddha when you’re done that
day, but you also have a headache. Then you bring that home and you sit down
in front of a computer, and your wife puts up with you, for a month or six weeks, and
then you say to her, “It’s very nice, but it’s not proper and I’m a little concerned
with this, so I need to go back to Tibet to recapture this.” I mean, it’s extraordinary: the patience
that this man has—and his ability to get past all obstacles to get that work done. It’s not seeing the objects, but it’s
the clarity in your mind of the colors. This is a visual tool that doesn’t live
in itself: it’s a reminder of what you’re visualizing. This is a partnership between a lot of different
kinds of people to make this thing happen. There’s nobody else in the world that would’ve
done this book besides TASCHEN. Nobody.

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