According to New York City-based photographer Edward Asher, making art is a journey and the resulting artwork a record of this voyage. He credits this mindful approach to his craft to Zen in the Art of Photography, a book that greatly influenced him early in his career.
A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Asher was drawn to traditional photography. He chose to work with film rather than digital methods, regarding the more labor-intensive aspects of the medium as a means of practicing mindfulness. Working more methodically—carefully composing the frame, developing the film and processing his prints—Asher honed his artistic vision. “Being fully absorbed in each step of creating a photograph cultivates a Zenlike approach to seeing the beauty of the world around us.”