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Transcending Duality 2 by Matt Bottos

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This is a re-edit from an image taken a while ago.
Originally I used clip art for the Ensō symbol because I thought my shodō (Japanese Calligraphy) was not good enough which in a way defeated the whole purpose and meaning behind the image. So, I figured I’d have another crack at it.

Photo taken: 07/08/09
Shodō: 12/05/10
Edited: 30/05/10
The three images where taken of one sword drawing action and merged in Photoshop

IAIDO – the way of the sword.

Special thanks to Sensei Spencer Franks


Spirit of the Sword


  • Farfarm
    Farfarmover 4 years ago

    Well done ! very “sharp” sword :))) fine work

  • thanks farfarm… yup it was a VERY sharp sword!

    – Matt Bottos

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderover 4 years ago

    Outstanding work Matt, very creative and well done.

  • simoneb
    simonebover 4 years ago

    This whole series is awesome Matt, but love this one in particular, great work!

  • Thanks simone :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 4 years ago

    The whole series is fantastic Matt but I think I prefer this one, xx anna

  • thanks anna … this one is my fav out of the three as well

    – Matt Bottos

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 4 years ago

    striking image !!

  • Thanks Jane :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 4 years ago

    loving this……the whole idea of transcending duality is a realisation/passion of mine of recent years……haven’t heard many people actually express it before… this image….fits in with my idea that all things happen simultaneously and if we are aware of that notion then transcendence is possible. Great work.

  • thanks for the comment cosimo! I find it an interesting topic too… something I’m keen to learn and experience more on :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Martin Muir
    Martin Muirover 4 years ago


  • thanks again martin! Really appreciate your support mate :)

    – Matt Bottos

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