Brooks Jensen Arts

Kokoro: Wandering Through a Photographic Life

An Image Journal with Commentary, Meditation, Philosophy, and Unanswered Questions

An Ongoing Project

A wide range of topics, anthology style in nature, combining image and text

A new Kokoro installment every month

PDFs designed for tablets, but viewable on computers, too

Newly redesigned for 2017!

  • Designed for landscape orientation viewing
  • Now using 4:3 aspect ratio for tablets like the iPad or Samsung S3, but fully compatible with computers/laptops, too!
  • Larger images
  • Easier-to-read text

Kokoro, Vol. 3, No. 2
September 2017

A single PDF
4 chapters
48 pages
44mB

Contents
081 - Lost at Sea
082 - The Shortness of Life
083 - Where Are You, Laozi?
084 - Not For Your Eyes

Kokoro, Vol. 3, No. 1
August 2017

A single PDF
4 chapters
56 pages
34mB

Contents
077 - Searching for Su T'ung Po
078 - A Skyful of Joy
079 - The Boatwright's Challenge
080 - The True Form

 

Legacy issues

Kokoro, Vol. 2, No. 2
Feb 2016

A single PDF
5 chapters
65 pages
26mB

Contents
072 - Just Stuff
073 - An Organic Silence
074 - Real Time
075 - Only the Surface
076 - Seagulp

Kokoro, Vol. 2, No. 1
Jan 2016

A single PDF
5 chapters
86 pages
51mB

Contents
067 - Waiting Under a Winter Moon, Part 2
068 - The Signs of Anger Remain
069 - The Corn Winnower
070 - Nothing Special
071 - Glimpses of Old Japan

Kokoro, Vol. 1, No. 9
Dec 2015

A single PDF
8 chapters
99 pages
51mB

Contents
059 - Granite Home
060 - Separate Ways
061 - Longquan Swords
062 - Shoji: In Praise of Shadows
063 - Waterpocket Fold
064 - Let it Snow
065 - Beauty in Detail
066 - Face to Face Across Time

Kokoro, Vol. 1, No. 8
Aug-Nov 2015

A single PDF
5 chapters
69 pages
42mB

Contents
054 - Waiting Under a Winter Moon
055 - Where the Coqui Live
056 - The Woodgrain Deep in My Bones
057 - Dreams of Spring
058 - Thankful

Kokoro, Vol. 1, No. 7
July 2015

A single PDF
3 chapters
45 pages
22mB

Contents
051 - Tensleep
052 - The Water Planet
045 - Cinder & Pine

Kokoro, Vol. 1, No. 6
June 2015

A single PDF
8 chapters
116 pages
60mB

Contents
043 - Factory Butte
044 - A Place to Rest These Weary Bones
045 - Silva Lacrimosa
046 - Poe in Pictures
047 - Cold on a Cosmic Scale
048 - The Impossible Puzzle
049 - Japanese Ghosts
050 - Timon

Kokoro, Vol. 1, No. 5
May 2015

A single PDF
8 chapters
109 pages
63mB

Contents
035 - Life Itself, Part 1
036 - Life Itself, Part 2
037 - Intermission in Green and Brown
038 - The Priest of Tozen-in
039 - A Few of the Billion
040 - The Eat Cafe
041 - A Lesson Learned, Again
042 - Circular Logic

Kokoro, Vol. 1, No. 4
April 2015

A single PDF
7 chapters
87 pages
35mB

Contents
028 - Gone
029 - And Electricity
030 - As We Are
031 - Home Base
032 - October Seas
033 - The Bamboo Cutters
034 - Hilo Palms

Kokoro, Vol. 1, No. 3
March 2015

A single PDF
8 chapters
96 pages
45mB

Contents
020 - At Home in the Rocks
021 - Work and Real Work
022 - The Chinese Way
023 - Gestures of a Primitive Mind
024 - Pooh's Gorse
025 - The Source
026 - Lesser Fleas
027 - Joe Sasak

Kokoro, Vol. 1, No. 2
February 2015

A single PDF
7 chapters
66 pages
25mB

Contents
013 - Life Lived in Moments
014 - Dark Waters
015 - Freedom
016 - Uncle Kenny
017 - Dem Bones
018 - Wall of Tears
019 - Clara's Garden

Kokoro, Vol. 1, No. 1
January 2015

A single PDF
12 chapters
95 pages
37mB

Contents
001 - I Am Born
002 - Wyoming Dust
003 - Thank You, Johannes Folder
004 - Time
005 - With Love, Grandpa Apple
006 - Life with Broom
007 - Enso
008 - Basho's Narrow Path
009 - Clouds
010 - Memento Mori
011 - Petals of Power
012 - Order in the Chaos

And check out
Backstage Kokoro

A behind the scenes look at selected images in my Kokoro project.

Content, photographic notes, EXIF data, creative process, and miscellaneous commentary.

 

Kokoro — Japanese for "the heart of things"

Perhaps Lafcadio Hearn will not protest too much if I paraphrase (almost word for word) from Kokoro, his 1895 book of Japanese life. He explains this important Japanese term far better than I ever could:

“The entries comprising this volume treat of the inner rather than the outer life, — for which reason they have been grouped under the title Kokoro (heart). Written with the above character, this word signifies also mind, in the emotional sense; spirit; courage; resolve; sentiment; affection; and inner meaning, — just as we say in English, ‘the heart of things.’”