December 20, 2014
In this digital connected world we live in it is very hard to let go of the constant verbal and visual noise surrounding us. We need to diligently force our eyes to pay attention to what is important to us. We must fight the inclination to take short cuts through image creation and proceed to the end game before we are ready to be truly present and aware of our surroundings and thus aware of potential subjects just waiting to be photographed.
We must be present in the fleeting now and see our potential subject with a clear relaxed vision. Uncovering details in the scene hidden to our quick glance but visible if we would only take the time to purposely see.
Do you go out to take photos thinking only of capturing a subject, any subject, as you would chase an elusive jack rabbit. You hunt your prey and victory is not in the process of discovering your true subject but victory is a quick shutter speed and a glance behind as you move on to the next jack rabbit to capture.
You have to force yourself to take the time to examine a scene, looking at the many details that interest you but also, being open to rejecting some details and accepting others as you build your composition. As you concentrate more on the visual clues appearing along a new perceptual path, some elements are discarded and others hold more authority in expressing your inner landscape. You begin to see visually a potential image. And as the gestalt forms through conceptual trial and error your new composition begins to take shape and a cohesive structure appears and like magic your image is born.
Would you have been able to make this image if you listened to your ego telling you to hurry up, hurry up, move onto something else?