I have been taking photographs on my mobile phone camera during my walks to work etc. of images in the city depicting people in states of altered consciousness/ transcendence.
If, as Henri Lefevbre suggests in 'Production of Space', each society produces its own spatial configurations which echo their various social and economic codes, focusing on these particular image types made me think about how states of mind are today equally objects of aspirational consumption as well as continuing to represent rather more archaic archetypal images rooted in religious traditions. I was very taken by the dark photograph of a poster depicting Dogen Zenshi (patriarch of Zen Buddhism) which was pasted on a window of an antique shop in Omote-Sando, opposite Paul Smith and other brand boutiques. Even through the reproduction of a poster image, his stern, ink brushed face seemed to resonate with a sense of terrifying counsel in the dark gloom of the night.