The photographs in Empty and Full were taken in the Huangshan Mountains in the Anhui province of eastern China. The excursion followed the footsteps and paths of the ancient Chinese poets and landscape painters who frequented there centuries ago. These spectacular mountains with their distinctive pines and luscious vegetation bring to mind the fullness of the Ten Thousand Things - a proverb of ancient Chinese philosophy meaning "from one thing begets the ten thousand things". The fogs and mists that descend the deep gorges and envelop the mountains evoke the emptiness out of which all things are formed. This portfolio seeks to capture the spirit of the Tao, simultaneous emptiness and fullness, as set forth in the ancient text, the Tao De Ching. The title of this project is taken from the book, Empty and Full, The Language of Chinese Painting by Francois Cheng.

The Ten Thousand Things

The Ten Thousand Things