"The meaning of life is to see."

~ Hui Neng


Through my photographs, I hope to reflect surprising encounters with a world filled with wonder, yet sometimes not seen. These are often not traditionally beautiful encounters, but paradoxical ones – simplicity in chaos, beauty in imperfection, the joy and sadness in impermanence, subjects overlooked or even dismissed.

My goal is to present a view that you might not have seen or considered before or to see familiar subjects in a new way. If you can sense the moment as I experienced it, then I’ve done my job.

* Most of my photographs are available free for non-commercial use – with attribution – through a Creative Commons license on Flickr.

* To purchase images, visit Imagekind. New projects include Waterscapes and Desert images. Photographs for licensing (commercial use) are also available at EyeEm Market or by contacting me directly.

* Follow my daily adventures in seeing at Instagram.  

Quotes for Printing

I have many favourite quotes by mentors in seeing. And, I have a talented artist daughter, Kelly Ort. She’s created some unique pieces using quotes in the public domain for my audience. Here are the first three (more to follow). We can send you an 8.5 x 11 (landscape or portrait) print on high quality card stock for $15 USD + shipping. Help fund her continuing art education and get a beautiful piece and constant reminder in exchange. Contact me at kim@kimmanleyort.com with your preference and a mailing address. We’ll give you an estimate on delivery and payment options. 


You will find most of my writing right here on my blog, beginning from November 2010. Please explore the archives. Listed below are articles I’ve written for other sites.

Posts on Medium are here.

In the Conversation with Kim Manley Ort – an interview with Leanne of The Creative Contemplative

Photography and the Web of Connection – Lee Aspland’s Blog

How to Pause and Learn to Make Better and Fewer Photos – Digital Photography School

A Love Affair with Western Ireland –  on Maptia

Living a Contemplative Life through Photography – a guest post at the community site, Focusing on Life

The Fun and Freedom of Abstract Photography at Life as a Human, the human interest magazine for evolving minds

Patricia Turner (A Photographic Sage) on What Contemplative Photography Means to Me 

Eileen Pardini on Practicing Reverence – Profile of Kim Manley Ort

Tiny Buddha – A Creative Way to Judge Less and Appreciate Life

The Inspired Way e-book by Ariane Hunter and Kate Watson

Digital Photography School – Review of The Practice of Contemplative Photography

Roots of She – Discovering my Roots

Satsuma Blog – What is Contemplative Photography?

Digital Photography School – 8 Photo Projects in your own Backyard

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The Adventures in Seeing Book

The Adventures in Seeing book was self-published in November 2016. It includes 45 photographic “calls to adventure.” Click on the image below to learn more.

The Art of Attention Podcast

I had a great conversation with Daron Larson on his excellent podcast. Click on the image below to learn more.

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