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Daishin Stephenson’s photographs and videos close the gap between common dualistic ideas of what is “nature” and what is “urban.” Inspired by her practice of Zen, and by the Japanese aesthetic of mono no aware (the beauty of impermanence), she captures images of the cycles of life in city streets, harsh deserts and mountain forests.

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, she is also a gardener, Zen teacher and urban homesteader, and has grown food in Sonoran Desert cities for 24 years. Her commitment to working with her environment is reflected in her art; her photographs are never enhanced, each one being created by her eye, her camera and the time and place.

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