This book started out being a nature book of birds I have photographed and encountered in the last few years, in the desert, the coast and other regions of California. Then my photomontages of buddhas and birds flew in a serendipitous way into the pages. All the photomontages were assembled using images I have shot around the state. Blending and merging them together to create a more in depth view of the original while weaving together another story of colour, pattern and texture.
Buddha nature is about kindness, compassion, understanding, letting go, generosity, and a desire to bring peace and compassion to our worlds, both internally and externally. May these images bring insight, inspiration and joy to the viewer and remind us to respect nature and the fleeting moment.
Perry Hoffman, artist. When I am not taking photographs of wonder I can be creating mosaics or painting or hands in clay. Currently working on a mosaic tile house in Wonder Valley. Firing clay buddhas in the kiln and making handmade tiles at the ocean. Here in a place time almost forgot still radiates a magic that propels us to see and think and work and live in another way. When you have to stop what you're doing in order to look at what the sky is doing then you know you're in an unusual place. Don't blink in the desert or you might miss something. I found a seahorse in the desert and a dolphin at the sea. Here in the middle of nowhere and the center of the universe, I also found love.