January 2, 2009
Maryclare’s wedding. Just another wedding at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, New Jersey, but for us, family and friends, it’s frozen in memories of joy and hope for a new year and new family and revisiting my teaching past.
I just read a post on Bud Hunt’s blog about a daily commitment to the image and sharing them on web. I remember joining this group and began sharing photos, but I was disappointed that there wasn’t more comment sharing. Photo Fridays came out of D’Arcy’s suggestion. He is beginning 365/2009 and I’m going to plunge in there as well.
Here’s a great quote from Norman:
“What’s today’s picture?”
Mindful seeing is the process of turning off the filters, of seeing your surroundings unfettered and unobstructed.
When viewing the world without filtering, even the most boring and banal subjects can become wondrous and interesting. We are constantly surrounded by interesting things that we normally don’t see – textures, lighting, patterns, shapes, objects, groupings, even messages.
Photographers are often described as distancing themselves from their surroundings by “hiding behind a camera” or “viewing the world only through a viewfinder.” I see photography from the exact opposite side of the coin. By mindfully seeing the world around me, I feel as though I am seeing much more than I would otherwise. I see patterns, convergence, divergence, shadows, lighting, juxtaposition, and composition that are likely missed by others. That’s not to say that I am “better” than any other – just that by being mindful of what I am seeing, I am aware of what is around me. And when I am aware, I am better able to take an interesting photograph.