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 4th day

Individual PDFs designed for tablets, but viewable on computers, too

Individual installments can be downloaded for free from the Home Page

Monthly compilations (in digital magazine format) — a free, single PDF with the entire month's entries, see below

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Kokoro, Vol. 2, No. 2
Feb 2016

A single PDF
5 chapters
65 pages
26mB

Table of 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

Table of 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

Table of 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

Table of 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

Table of 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

Table of 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

Table of 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

Table of 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

Table of 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

Table of 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

Table of 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.’”