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Bruce Lee and the Tao of Photography 李小龍截拳道之道與攝影之道


A while back I came across this article “Bruce Lee and the Tao of Photography” from the guys at Invisible Photographer Asia and cannot stop going back and reread it a couple more times. Everytime I read this short article, I pick up a bit more of the true Tao Of Jeet Kune Do or Way Of The Intercepting Fist from Bruce and how the author relates it to the true Tao to photography. I’m extracting the article here to share with you all and another article on Bruce explaining the Tao of Jeet Kune Do 截拳道之道 (in Chinese). Enjoy the read (fairly long).

Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle.
Learn and practice the principles of photography, then break the rules to form your own method of photographing.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.
Don’t be constricted by your own training, knowledge and understanding of photography. Be flexible, fluent, adaptable to change, as and when the situation calls for it.

Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
At the end of the day, photography is never about the craft and the tools, it’s about humanity.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
Don’t get caught up in acquiring all the latest, great photography tools. Pick one camera and one lens, and shoot with it 10,000 times.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it.
Don’t copy or emulate your photography idols. Be yourself, be original and draw from your own experience and instincts.

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
It is your personal journey in photography that is ultimately the point.

I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
Please yourself with your photography and not your peers or others.

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
Don’t yearn to be a great, famous photographer, yearn to have great photography skills.

Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.
If you think and feel you can be a great photographer, it is your own responsibility to develop that potential.

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.
The great masters in photography are remembered for their photographs, not their skills.

Boards don’t hit back.
Theory and practice is good, but nothing beats real world photography.

Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.
Learn from Life, and absorb that which will help you in your photography.

The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.
Don’t concern yourself with the final photograph, concern yourself with being aware and armed.

You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.
You can never force a great photograph to happen. You can only be ready to capture it.

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Love Life – Go photograph now!

什麼是截拳道?我(李小龍)第一個承認:要把截拳道具體化起來不是一件容易的工作。與其費力去解釋截拳道「是」什麼,還不如從反面來證明截拳道「不是」什 麼,那就比較清楚了。假如有幾名不同派系的武術家在看到一場街頭混戰之時,一定會得出各種不同的意見,這就是因為他們的觀察能力已經都被限制在自己所選擇 的範圍以內,換一句話來說:也就是他們都受到自己僅知的某種形式的拘束!真實的觀察,只有在放棄形式之後才可以獲得,而真正的自由意見也只可在跳出制度以 外才能發生。
在沒有研究截拳道之前,讓我們先切實討論一下「傳統武術形式」是什麼。我們中國對於武術派別之由來,有著許多多采多姿的傳說,例如高僧傳授、夢中領 悟、神佛指點等。所謂「形式」,都是由一位首創者的「人」組織成功的。所以「形式」絕對不可以視作萬古不移的定律或經典,因為人類乃是一種具有創造的生 物,「人」永遠比「形式」重要得多。
譬如這麼說:在很久以前,有一位武術家發現了一種原理,而在他一生之中,自然就會根據這條原理來鑽研他本門的功夫。但等這個「人」死去之後,他的門徒 承受了他的設想、他的規矩、他的意向以及他的方法,而把這些都化為了「定律」。於是,嚴格的教條訂立了,莊重的儀式形成了,硬性的姿勢規定了,終於組成了 一個門派,把原來是具有流動性的個人直覺,給演變成為一種牢不可破的固定方式。
如此做來,他們非但神化這項知識,而肯同時也埋葬創始者的智慧,這絕不是那個「人」在最初時的意圖,我敢相信另外更有許多的「人」也發現了自己的原 理。於是他們就有對立派的出現,例如硬功對軟功,外功對內功等。他們也建立了自己的門戶,規定了本門的律條與方式,而且每一派都自認為是具有最高「真理」 的,因此,人類對於武術的知識與智慧,就此永遠不能集中而成為今日四分五裂的局面。
拳術的形式,只是整體裏的一部分而已,任何一種形式,都需要糾正、分析、否定、廢棄,並且還要下過許多自省的功夫。免掉了個人偏愛的招數,除去了作繭 自縛的約束,戰鬥方式是永遠新鮮、生動的,而且不斷地在改進的。你自己的形式和你自己的傾向,以及你自己的體格,正是戰鬥方式的全部主體。我並沒有發明一 種新的形式,新的混合物或變化體。我更沒有創造什麼截拳道的規律,用來表示與其他拳術有異的企圖。相反的,我希望我的同志能夠從形式、姿勢、教條中解放出 來,那才是截拳道的最終目標。
截拳道與一般傳統武術不同的就是沒有那種獨特的規律、分類技術,而且也沒有嚴格的哲理。截拳道對於武術的看法是站在各種有利的角度上。因為截拳道能夠 充分利用了多種路子與方法(功能至上主義),所以是不受任何約束而完全自由的。換一句話說:截拳道包羅萬象,但不被萬象所包羅!
截拳道沒有準備好的課程,而且也無此需要。每個人都有一種直覺,可以發現自己天賦以內最有效與最有利的條件,去獲得實際的平衡、動作的重心與力量的使 用。規律與姿勢只不過是能摸到純正瞭解的門路而已,而純正瞭解卻是隱藏在每個人的心底深處的,所以我們首先要明瞭自己的能力,因為:武術的知識,根本就是 每個人的知識!學習絕對不是模仿,也不是原有固定知識的累積。學習是一種過程,永遠不終止的發掘!在截拳道裏,我們只是去發掘我們所不知道的東西,並不是 把人家現成的東西給拿過來。
我們都聽到過教師們的教訓:「武術其實就是生活。」生活者,是永恆的動作,有節奏而沒有固定目標。假如學習而不能跟上生活的潮流,到結果一定陷入了呆 板方式的迷津,那是相當可惜的一件事。一名優秀的教師,絕對不是一名「真理」的嚮導,至於「真理」本身,則需要學生們自己去發掘,教師是無能為力的。所 以,出色的教師是會懂得對學生們作個別的觀察的,同時鼓勵學生們自己探尋「真理」。
在整體戰鬥形式裏,其實並沒有所謂的「標準」,而發揮的方法,應該是絕對自由的。我現在要提醒各位一句:截拳道只是一個代表名稱,並不是什麼派別。打 個比喻說,截拳道等於是「一隻指向月球的手指」,但是你千萬不要以為手指就是月球,更不要過於注視那手指而忽略了太空上的美景。那只手指的作用,只是引指 「光明」。至於你將來能夠獲得多少「太空知識」?那就全靠你自己努力去領悟了。

Source – Invisible Photographer Asia, New Realm, 法蘭克老師的意想世界

First published on PASM Workshop on 24 July 2011

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1 Comment »

  1. Some good advice that applies to most aspects of life.

    Comment by Rifqi | August 1, 2011 | Reply


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