These photographic mandalas are a representation of nature in a meditative state, and how nature has meant repose and reflection in my life. Mandalas are of Hindu origin, but are also used by Tibetan Buddhists. They are used for various reasons and by various methods. As a whole, mandalas represent unity and are seen as a symbol for the structure of life itself--an illustration of our connection to the infinite and a part of its intricate design. The circular shape of these mandalas represents centeredness, a working of the inside out, and a contemplation of how life comes full circle. These images are composed of sixteen sections of mirrored images, creating an eight segmented design. This number eight represents ifinity with regards to the circular form. My intention for this series of images is to place the photograph into a new context. To yield an image as a product of design rather than a representation of the actual objects that were photographed, thus implies a change in meaning of traditional photograph into something new and pensive. I want the viewer to explore the designs I have created in relation to their own contemplation and/ or their own interpretation of it."