Eugene Smith, “Search with intelligence for the frequently intangible truth.”
Technology now dictates our behavior and because we can't break away from the small screens mesmerizing all our interactions, a magnet of mimicry is created. Especially with the younger generation, it dictates their perceptions of the world, how things should and must look if they are perceived to be genuine. We lose our ability to see our inner landscape manifested.
Do you remember the pics of your experience or the experience itself?
Do you need a snap shot to express your feelings as the memories disappear?
Once the pic was snapped did you feel that that was enough, you captured the scene and now you can move on. The picture once taken disconnected you from full immersion in a scene, ripe with external meaning to you but you failed to grasp the signals being shown and allowed technology to interfere and push you away from relationship building you need to create good images.
This drive to always think of the next greatest scene is putting barriers between you and living a real existence. We have somehow incorporated this need for something coming down the road that doesn’t exist with a real experience that will never get here. It is now, in the present that you live your life. And as a photographer you need to be present in the now, fully open to the external sources that can enhance your life if only you are open to them.
Take your self out of the equation just for a few moments as you look over the scene. Release the anxieties if any and focus and concentrate on the subject in the present.
Don't think of putting anything in the scene that will distract from its initial drawing you in attraction. Something wanted you to stop right where you are at.
Focusing on your self will destroy the budding relationship with your subject. Concentrate toward your potential subject away from yourself. The subject is worth your full attention especially when you first notice a possibility, a potential image.
But paying attention is not forcing your subject to conform to any preconceived notions on how your subject should look. Open up your mind to accept new ways of composition that reflect your subject in a new light.