Motif


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A motif in painting or photography is a series of images that depict the same scene as it transforms with changes due to the time of day, the weather or the season. Each image has an identical composition, and the four corners are fixed so that each image shows precisely the same scene.

A Miksang motif could be of anything and could be anywhere. The scene being repeatedly photographed is not the subject matter. It is the canvas for expressing the real subject matter, which is the change itself.

Paul Cezanne wrote “Everything we see falls apart, vanishes. Nature is always the same, but nothing in her that appears to us, lasts. Our art must render the thrill of her permanence along with her elements, the appearance of all her changes. It must give us the taste of her eternity.”