“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
~ Marcel Proust
I hadn’t actually planned to make a post today but I saw this quote posted by my nephew on Facebook. It seemed perfect now that we have ended the “Looking at Photographs” series. Perfect because like so many things in life, we often pursue “new” things when there are, in fact, so many things to be discovered right in front of us if we only take time to look.
The series was about how we can gain new insights when looking at a photograph or other artwork by trying to understand things outside of our awareness or just that quick glance. Learning about the Context of an image, why it was made and what is important to the artist; Describing what is actually within the image, recognizing the little things that can be pointers to further understanding; and then the Analysis of the structure of an image, what visual clues do we have in the way an image has been constructed. These things can all bring a new awareness to something we thought we understood.
As photographers we have an opportunity to show the others new or alternative ways of looking at the world. To present our unique way of seeing and to let others see what is important to us. We don’t have to constantly be chasing after new places or where we think we can find our next great photograph. We can simply start looking at things in new ways, ways that are meaningful to us. Doing so can only end in the creation of meaningful photographs.
(“Quotes to Ponder” will be a regular feature here. My philosophy about quotes isn’t that they prove any point as they are often taken out of context or they may have been said in response to something we have no way of knowing about. But they generally do embody some sort of opinion or thought that can often be worthwhile pondering. I expect that in many cases, they will be the teaser to a longer discussion of their idea in a later post!)