“The nagual is the part of us which we do not deal with at all ... At the time of birth, and for a while after, we are all nagual. We sense, then that in order to function we need a counterpart to what we have. The tonal is missing and that gives us, from the very beginning, a feeling of incompleteness. Then the tonal starts to develop and it becomes utterly important to our functioning, so important that it opaques the shine of the nagual, it overwhelms it. From the moment we become all tonal we do nothing else but to increment that old feeling of incompleteness which accompanies us from the moment of our birth and whichs tells us constantly that there is another part to give us completeness”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

Daphna Dor Upcoming Exhibition

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Meeting and working with Daphna Dor is another one of the graceful gifts that arrived in my life through Shahar. A couple of her works adorn the walls of my office, as a constant reminder to me of wonder. I have seen her dip a small wooden branch in ink,touch it to a paper (that she herself created), and then gently watch and guide the ink as it finds its way through the fibers and settle into a divine presence.

A few weeks ago Daphna and I spent a day together to document some of her new work as part of the preparations for her upcoming exhibition. While most people will see a sample of her work hanging on gallery walls, I got to meet her recent work strewn across the floor of my house while we prepared to photograph it.

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A small room which usually has a yoga mat on the floor became an improvised studio. We had great natural light that day.

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Working with Daphna is a provoking process. Her works, small and large, are filled with subtle details and random occurrences. I could spend entire days with some of her images with a macro-lens, traveling through endless winding paths. She also allows the images I create to penetrate her awareness and inform her own perception of her work, which is a rewarding gesture for me as a photographer.

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Her exhibition opens on Thursday Dec 10th at 19:30 – at the Artists House in Tel-Aviv and will be on display until Jan 4th. I intend to be there, so please drop to see Daphna’s work and say hello.

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