Most of us are photographers of some sort or another. Digital cameras have made it so easy to take decent images and upload them immediately to your computer or Facebook. But many would like to improve their photography skills, both technically and visually.
Like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, once you learn the basics of using your camera, the next thing you want to learn is how to express what you see. What makes life so interesting is that we all see things differently. Besides expressing our own perceptions, at the same time we need to accept that our way of seeing is not the only one. What I love about the photography workshops I’ve attended is that a group of photographers can go to the exact same place and come back with a myriad of interpretations. It is really fascinating!
The photography workshops that I will begin offering this spring will revolve around the concept of seeing what is actually there and expressing what you see. Freeman Patterson, renowned Canadian photographer, says in his book, Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography,
“Seeing, in the finest and broadest sense, means using your senses, your intellect, and your emotions. It means encountering your subject matter with your whole being. It means looking beyond the labels of things and discovering the remarkable world around you.”
I am thinking of the following for my brochure.
No one sees exactly like you.
By using your senses, what you know and what you feel, you can express your own unique vision. By understanding the blocks that get in the way of seeing clearly, you can expand and fully express that vision.
Photography is a tool that can help you uncover and expand awareness.
What I’m wondering is, do these words attract you? What is it about learning to see that you would like to know?
By the way, if you are in the Indianapolis area, and this sounds interesting to you, we will be having our first half day workshop around the end of April. Watch for details on this site.
Seeing Things Differently – Article by Erin Pavlina