Tadas Juras (b. 1977) is a photographer and book translator from Lithuania now living in Andalusia in Spain. As an anthropologist by education he became interested in Eastern cultures and made several expeditions to the countries of South Asia where traditional culture is still alive.
Since 2009 Tadas has been developing the project Kaivalya (www.kaivalya.lt), dedicated to cultural aspects of East. Also he admires nature and has a distinct look at it through photography. Tadas has exhibited his works in several photo exhibitions in his home country and abroad.
About The Work:
Water, earth, fire and wind are constantly interacting and through this eternal game various forms and shapes appear. There is nothing in this primal state that resemble human mind and its boring, predictable logic; they remind us of the Beginning when everything in the universe was absolutely pure. By witnessing this purity we can also get in touch with a similar place in yourself, beyond habitual day-to-day thoughts, beyond logic and rationality, beyond self-centred feelings and emotions.
”Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Emptiness is not separate from form, form is not separate from emptiness. Whatever is form is emptiness, whatever is emptiness is form.”
Subject of the photographs is trying to reach another shore with the boat and the very endeavor to do it makes him lose his form – he goes out of it and beyond it even before the other shore is reached.
“gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha“
“Gone, gone, gone beyond (to the other shore), gone altogether beyond (to the other shore). What an awakening!”
Gallery “Namo Buddha” is comprised of these collections: „Following Buddha“, “Namo Buddha”, “Who I am?” and “Faces of Avalokiteshvara”.
“Following Buddha” offers reflections about Buddha Shakyamuni and his path to Awakening. Photographs were made in some of the most important places of this path: near the Bodhi Tree where he attained Nirvana, in Sarnath, where he began to teach Dharma (taught the Four Noble Truth to his first five disciple), near the mountain range and cave where he performed severe austerities. Here we also see children that could actually be descendants of those who nourished Siddhartha when he was exhausted after long austerities and thus saved would-be Buddhas life.
“Namo Buddha” means “obeisances to Buddha” and that is the main theme of this collection. Prostration is an act by which one can unite with an object of veneration. By offering homage to Buddha one gives away his ego and opens up to inherent Buddha-nature. Small “I” is bowing to Big “I” – in such a way small I disappears and only Big “I” is left. Photographs were taken in some of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal (at Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupas).
“Who I am?” is by far the most important question that one can ask. The essential thing here is that no other person can give you an answer to it – otherwise the answer would be just a word, a concept. But words and concepts have no value here. They exist only in relation to the one who perceives them. Who is the one who perceives words, concepts, thoughts and all other internal and external objects? That’s it.
Photos from this collection ought to induce one to ask this question.
Some of the photos from the collection “Faces of Avalokiteshvara” are also included.