I was born in Mérida (Spain), an ancient city founded by the Roman Empire in 25 BC, in the time of Caesar Augustus. Mérida is located in the south west of Spain. The city became the capital of Lusitania province, and one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire. Mérida preserves more important ancient Roman monuments than any other city in Spain.
Currently I am based in Seville (Spain), a very beautiful southern city full of History.
I received my Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the University of Seville, where I am a Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics. Currently, I am teaching Numerical Analysis, making use of MATLAB, a high-level technical computing language.
This Portfolio contains both black & white and color pictures, although I love especially Black & White Photography. Currently, Adobe Lightroom is my favorite raw converter. It renders impressive and natural color images. For creating black and white images, I use Nik Software's conversion plug-in Silver Efex Pro 2, that delivers outstanding conversions to black and white.
Spiritual search has been one of my most important characteristics throughout my life. The core of my spiritual life lies on the center of an equilateral triangle whose vertices are Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. When, years ago, I read in a book written by the Jesuit priest and Zen master Arul M. Arokiasamy that the author feels Christian, Hindu and Buddhist, I evoked something very familiar, because I have felt the same way throughout most of my existence.
Regarding Christian tradition, Saint Ignatius of Loyola teaches us very valuable keys for a right discernment of God's will, and contemplative masters, such as Trappist monks Thomas Merton and Thomas Keating, teach us silent and immersive ways of prayer; Thich Nhat Hanh, who belongs to the Buddhist lineage, shows us how to meditate to establish connection with reality; and Paramahansa Yogananda, who came from a background rooted in Hinduism but that is actually a universal Master, teaches us the unfathomable Absoluteness and Infinitude of God.
After decades of searching, my steps led me to meet Paramahansa Yogananda, whose precious teachings I try to integrate in my life. These teachings are about scientific methods of meditation and principles of spiritual living.
I believe that religion born in India, known as Hinduism, or more properly as Sanatana Dharma (the Eternal Way), expresses and articulates in an extraordinary manner the relationship between man and the Supreme Being. Using software versioning as an analogy, one could say that whereas the concept of God in most of religions is 1.0, in Hinduism it is 2.0 (maybe even 3.0 or higher). Anyway, I am convinced that all religions are but different paths leading to the same goal.
I conceive photography as a way of contemplative prayer. A silent but visual prayer.
You can reach me via e-mail at info [at] luispizarro [dot] yoga.