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Photography as Zen...

The name IonZen (i.on.zen) was born from my curiosity for the concept of Sunyata within the Zen doctrine. Sunyata refers to the idea in which by realizing emptiness and creating a void without obstruction, one is able to achieve true enlightenment.



Photography to me is a form of Zen, a retreat from the craziness of every day life. A momentary time freeze without the noise around me, a priceless moment in which my focus is solely on the image and story I hope to convey through my camera. 
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Station Ceiling  -  Washington DC ISO 800    23 mm    f/2    1/60 sec
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An afternoon at the Oculus

I took an afternoon wondering through the Oculus station in downtown Manhattan. The first time I visited this structure it was ethereal. Once inside the interior one can only stare in awe at this magnificent edifice. Located in the World Trade Center, this state of the art property opened on the 4th of March 2016 after more than 12 years of planning and development.


The Oculus was designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and occupies 800,000 square feet of retail and dining space alongside the third busiest terminal station in New York City.


The development of the project cost more than $4 Billion made possible by public funds and undertaken by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with Swedish firm Skanska contracted for the build out.


The station serves as a connecting hub for more than 250,000 daily commuters. Transit users have access to 11 subway stations and the PATH rail system connecting the island of Manhattan and New Jersey.

The main interior atrium …