Yin and Yang

“The Tao begot one.
One begot two.
Two begot three.
And three begot the ten thousand things.
The ten thousand things carry yin and embrace yang.
They achieve harmony by combining theses forces.”
Laozi, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 42

Laozi describes Yin and Yang (阴 阳, yīnyáng) as part of the ten thousand things, as part of the universe we live in. Yin and Yang are two opposite but also complimentary forces that interconnect to form a oneness. Yin was originally used for the shady side of a slope and Yang for the sunny side. However, Yin and Yang are not only in shadow and light, in darkness and brightness, in the night that follows day, but also in passivity and activity, or in femality and masculinity, to name just a few dualities. When Yin and Yang are balanced, harmony exists and oneness remains. When one of the poles predominates, the other pole is weakened and oneness is lost.

I just started to explore this ancient concept in my photography. I feel deeply grateful that my first try at it was the International Photography Awards worth an honorable mention in their One-Shot: Harmony competition.

Pictures in this very special collection are limited editions of nine, hand signed and numbered, and come with a certificate of authenticity. They are available as original photo prints under acrylic glass and as HD metal prints in different sizes.

 

Cloudy Morning Sky Sun
Cloudy Morning Sky Sun, 2017.