The gift at our fingertips

If I could choose my preferred way to be enlightened, entertained, escorted and enamoured or surprised, scared, shocked and soothed, then I would choose photography. I would choose a medium that could tell us how it is with a glimpse of what was and an idea of what could be. You see, it isn’t spelled out to us as would be seen in a movie or a written story. Nope, the eye has to piece things together by connecting both the clues given in the story and the emotions that we have stored from past experience associated with those clues. It is a perfect marriage of logic and heart, science and faith, what was and what could be, fact and fiction.

Well I have managed to talk myself into becoming obsessed with the gift at our fingertips, what about you?

 

A little advice that I try to follow is one that I have only ever heard from my mother … ‘always let your eyes fall on good art’.

Advancing on this gift available for us all does not start with choosing the best lens type or camera body, acquiring technical ability or technical understanding (thankfully for me) or even creative ability. The first step is to train your eye by feasting on the work of others. Choose work that surpasses your own expectations, speaks to you, seems effortless and most of all, choose work that make your eyes feel like they are being fed. You don’t have to like the story or understand the concept or even like the content (although it does help). When your eyes are being fed, you don’t even know what you are looking at exactly, you just know that it looks right.

Where can I start you ask?

Eugene Smith is a great starting point.

img267e img297u img291

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Hopper – I know, I know, he was a painter but I personally think he has a photographers eye with how he accounts for lights and darks in his compositions.

Edward Hopper, Sunlights in Cafeteria,

Edward Hopper, Sunlights in Cafeteria,

Edward Hopper, New York Office, 1962

Edward Hopper, New York Office, 1962

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, here is a link to a website with a banquet of photographers so help yourself!

http://vervephoto.wordpress.com

Do you have a any favourites? I’d love to hear them as I am always searching for a photo fix.

 

Advertisements

10 thoughts on “The gift at our fingertips

  1. Beautiful photographs!! And in a fancy gallery nonetheless! 🙂 I am a huge fan of the idea of photography, but sadly have never seemed to be able to take the time to properly research, learn technique and technical info, or really go out and experiment outside of taking travel photos. I do love the fashion photography of Sam Hessamian which I stumbled upon some time ago – his tumblr site can be found at this link: http://samhessamian.tumblr.com 🙂

    1. Thanks for the name, I will take a look. I am like you, I haven’t taken the time to improve or even go beyond my typical subject of my kids but I am hoping that will change now that we will be going to a different country, different culture and hopefully different photographs.

      1. Although I should mention, for some-one who doesn’t spend much time in learning more about photography, the photographs on your blog are beautiful!

  2. Lately, I have found that photos help inspire my poems. And sometimes they tell the story in a broad way, as a rich contrast to a sparse poem. Some days all I want to do is photograph everything. Other days, I can’t look at one or it gets in my way. It’s great to have so many rich options! Thanks for the lovely post!

    1. Yes the visual is undeniable a strong motivator (or distractor). Thanks for visiting, I’d like to read some of your poems, will visit your place next.

    1. Having a list of favourite photographers is like having a list of favourite songs. Uplifting! Highly recommend it for photography lovers.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s