It seems to me that too much time is spent on the technical aspects of photography, rather than on a far more important issue… the connection of photography with intuition.
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We live in a world overflowing with millions of disconnected bits of information that come at us constantly, often overwhelming us. All of that noise gets in the way, obscuring simplicity and clarity from which our intuition often emanates.
When we have a camera in our hands, there are two basic paths we can take. One is that of a technician. We set out to purposely create a photograph. We are on a mission and dutifully spend time to research our subject matter. Shooting angles. Times of day.
Our concerns centre on camera sensor and lens performance. On composition. We focus on achieving perfect lighting conditions, and are consumed with the minutia of our craft.
The result may be that we create photographs of very high technical standards. Our pictures may elicit praise, for example when people see an image of a magnificent sunrise or sunset, rather than one of a dull, overcast day.
We may even make some money when someone chooses to purchase one of our prints or license an image from us.
If that is all that our photographs are to us, then we have missed a great deal and acquired nothing of real, personal value from our images.
We have missed the opportunity to increase our mindfulness. To live in the moment. To build our awareness of how the Universe works, and our place in it.
Intuition is the source of our creativity, as individuals and as a species. It is that place, well beyond logic, where breakthroughs originate and deeper understandings are revealed. Sometimes we find these things in images that simply do not resonate with other people in this manner.
When out with a camera did we take pictures of a garden pathway? A coil of rope? A leg iron? Inuksuit? A shoreline? Is that all that we saw and experienced?
Rather than being a technician, did we become an observer with a camera in our hands? Were those images of something more that was revealed to us through those objects and scenes?
There are questions that each of us can ask ourselves. When we are out with a camera does it allow us to see the world differently? Do we gain insights and clarity on the human condition? Do we capture glimpses of something deeper that provides other meanings which help us on our journey here? Does the experience of being with our camera allow our intuition to emerge, sending us new understandings and directions? And most importantly when it does… do we listen?
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