What do we do that helps us open up ourselves to seeing what’s around us, photographically speaking? What do we listen to that helps us see more of what’s around us? What do we think of as we look at things to help us in the act of seeing more? I figure that it’s about time I make a list of what & where I’m at right now.
-Reading, the odd TV documentary, & walking
-Flyleaf, The Fray, Lacey Sturm, Thousand Foot Krutch, & Thrice
-Methods & works of the masters (Art Wolfe, David duChemin, Chris Orwig, Bryan Peterson, & Ansel Adams to name a few), colors, lighting & tones of the subject
The reason I say this is that everything we do outside of photography influences it because it colors how we see the world around us. If I’m only focusing on the darker elements, then I’ll most likely be unable to see the lighter ones, and the other way around as well. There’s so much, practically too much, that can influence us these days that we end up being bombarded with opinions that can make us switch what we’re doing to something else. Not all of it is good either, so we end up trying to fish out the good in a sea of bad nearly every time and this takes time away from literally doing what we’re trying to do in the first place: take a photo that expresses what we feel and/or what we want to say.
The worst thing we can do is go with the flow, against what we’re really like, and pretend that it’s alright…In photography and life in general. Experiences shape us & form us: if we have grown up with a serious disdain for certain institutions, for example, then when we photograph them, we’re most likely going to portray them in a negative light. It all forms the kind of glasses we look through to see the world around us; the words of others help either make, or break, us while we’re trying to see the world around us as well.