These images arise from the intersection of many years of making photographs and mindfulness meditation practice.

The photographs are a result of seeing and letting go of the moment...a certain freedom, newly found in making images. Letting go of concepts, letting go of who I am as a photographer, my so-called, "subject matter."

Maybe more to the point, the images come into being in the moments between thoughts.

I'm interested in impermanence, texture, telling details, the intuitive hit, the self, our tender egos and the way we always seek our place in the world.


All Images are copyrighted @Hillary Johnson

14th September 2012

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29th July 2012

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Blue Chip

Taken on the Sunday ride in Pilsen 19th street

Blue Chip

Taken on the Sunday ride in Pilsen 19th street

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28th July 2012

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Waiting
The bustle of the busy wait staff in the cool evening breeze

Waiting

The bustle of the busy wait staff in the cool evening breeze

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28th July 2012

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Night Ride

Night Ride

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28th July 2012

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Lunar Lights
Taken at Friendship Chicago just south of Navy Pier. I love the glow of these old school lights against the pink of the sky and the moon peeking out. 

Lunar Lights

Taken at Friendship Chicago just south of Navy Pier. I love the glow of these old school lights against the pink of the sky and the moon peeking out. 

Tagged: ChicagoLakefrontMoonphotography

20th July 2012

Photoset

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20th July 2012

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Skylight/Suchness
I totally think of light in relation to birth and death. I think that awareness was one of the things which drew me to paying attention to light, starting when I was maybe four years old. 
That is, the fact that light is always changing, second by second and so a little birth and death occurs simultaneously with each tick of the clock.
I remember lying in bed during nap-times, which always felt like an odd, mournful yet peaceful time…I was outside the busyness of the grownups,laying in the bed, cool sheets, watching the day slowly dying. It felt like touching the very fabric of that which underlies all existence. 
I knew even then that all things were interconnected just from watching the light. It made perfect sense to me. Given that clearly, concepts of time were totally artificial and that each second no more had a real boundary around it than the glow of light did it felt like a deeply mystical act to lay and watch the light and shadows move across the floor, the wall, the window sill, the white gauze curtain. The world was just this light, right here, right now. So beautiful.

Skylight/Suchness

I totally think of light in relation to birth and death. I think that awareness was one of the things which drew me to paying attention to light, starting when I was maybe four years old. 

That is, the fact that light is always changing, second by second and so a little birth and death occurs simultaneously with each tick of the clock.

I remember lying in bed during nap-times, which always felt like an odd, mournful yet peaceful time…I was outside the busyness of the grownups,laying in the bed, cool sheets, watching the day slowly dying. It felt like touching the very fabric of that which underlies all existence. 

I knew even then that all things were interconnected just from watching the light. It made perfect sense to me. Given that clearly, concepts of time were totally artificial and that each second no more had a real boundary around it than the glow of light did it felt like a deeply mystical act to lay and watch the light and shadows move across the floor, the wall, the window sill, the white gauze curtain. The world was just this light, right here, right now. So beautiful.

Tagged: LightSky

20th July 2012

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Anna and Vincent
Good friends just around the time of their first wedding anniversary. I love the gravity you can just see as they lean into each other.
And thanks for the lovely picnic. 

Anna and Vincent

Good friends just around the time of their first wedding anniversary. I love the gravity you can just see as they lean into each other.

And thanks for the lovely picnic. 

Tagged: PhotographyPortraitureHillary Johnson Photography

20th July 2012

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The Future of Ving Tsun Kung Fu

The Future of Ving Tsun Kung Fu

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20th July 2012

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Just Before St. Rocco, Chinatown. Old friends from the neighborhood meeting in church.

Just Before St. Rocco, Chinatown. Old friends from the neighborhood meeting in church.