‘Photography is not what’s important. It’s seeing. The camera, film, even pictures, are not important.’
‘The world is so full of beauty and meaning that there is enough of it for everybody to explore, to relish and to transform, each in his own way.’
Both quotations are from Algimantas Kezys
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This image is a development of early morning sunlight highlighting reflections and textures
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In The Little Book of Contemplative Photography, the author, Howard Zehr, suggests that once a week we spend at least 10 minutes with a selected photograph and then, he instructs;
‘As you do, consider three topics in this order:
1 I see (Describe: examine each object, each detail, the light etc. Associate: what are you reminded of by the shapes, juxtapositions etc?)
2 I feel (What do you feel as you look at the image?)
3 I think (Interpret and analyse)’
I enjoy creating and posting abstract images and often feel that it would be appropriate to attach the following extract from Kandinsky:
‘The spectator is too ready to look for a meaning in a picture—i.e., some outward connection between its various parts. Our materialistic age has produced a type of spectator or “connoisseur,” who is not content to put himself opposite a picture and let it say its own message. Instead of allowing the inner value of the picture to work, he worries himself in looking for “closeness to nature,” or “temperament,” or “handling,” or “tonality,” or “perspective,” or what not. His eye does not probe the outer expression to arrive at the inner meaning. In a conversation with an interesting person, we endeavour to get at his fundamental ideas and feelings. We do not bother about the words he uses, nor the spelling of those words, nor the breath necessary for speaking them, nor the movements of his tongue and lips, nor the psychological working on our brain, nor the physical sound in our ear, nor the physiological effect on our nerves. We realize that these things, though interesting and important, are not the main things of the moment, but that the meaning and idea is what concerns us. We should have the same feeling when confronted with a work of art. When this becomes general the artist will be able to dispense with natural form and colour and speak in purely artistic language.’ (Kandinsky Concerning the Spiritual in Art)
‘How you view Nature depends on how you see yourself fitting into it.’
‘It is Duchamp who is to blame for the whole “is it art?” debate. As far as he was concerned the role in society of an artist was akin to that of a philosopher; it didn’t even matter if he or she could paint or draw. An artist’s job was not to give aesthetic pleasure – designers could do that; it was to step back from the world and attempt to make sense or comment on it through the presentation of ideas that had no functional purpose other than themselves.’ Will Gompertz
‘Rarely do we spend enough time with an image to ‘mine’ all of its visual, emotional and spiritual potential. Rarely are we aware of its impact on the emotional as well as the intellectual level. Too often our tendencies to judge and evaluate get in the way of appreciating what we see.’ Howard Zehr
‘Seeing is a creative process’.
‘Meaningful art – in any medium – is mind changing, challenging the prejudices of conventional thought. In this role, art lives between the known and the unknown, communicating what it discovers in this ambiguous territory.’
Both quotations are from Duane Preble in his foreword to The Tao of Photography.
‘Each photograph embodies a particular way of seeing and showing the world. There is no such thing as the innocent eye.
People’s knowledge, beliefs, values, and attitudes – heavily influenced by their culture – are reflected in the photographs they take.’
Q. So why have I chosen this subject? This viewpoint? What do I want my image to convey? What is the point I wish to make?
I was reminded of this passage when photographing the snowdrops the other day.
‘We are usually only dimly aware – if we’re aware at all – of the converging of information from our senses when we experience an event. We’re so dependent on seeing that we tend to ignore what the other senses are communicating.
The photographer, the poet, the painter, or the composer who is locked into only the visual phenomena of the sunset may miss the heart of what was actually being experienced.’ John Daido Loori
The challenge for the photographer/painter is how to express and communicate what he/she feels as well as sees.
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It hasn’t really rained every day – but the breaks have been few and far between. (In the UK 2012 was officially the second wettest year since records began in 1912). But, in any case, the title of this post seemed very appropriate for twelfth night!! Besides, I like the patterns.
The photographer Elliott Erwitt wrote, ‘Photography has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.’ It is an observation that can be appropriately applied to the images below.
There is a length of barbed wire – perhaps four metres – topping the fence that links my garden fence to the neighbouring farm gate post. Its original purpose is no longer relevant — the animals have been moved elsewhere. I have great difficulty in seeing the wire now as an expression of aggressive intent. I am attracted by the twisting of the strands, by the sculpted shapes of the barbed knots and by the possibilities of using these elements to create patterns.
‘Art does not reproduce what we see, rather it makes us see.’ Paul Klee
From personal experience, do you find this statement to be true?
‘Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world and makes familiar objects as if they were not familiar’.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Isn’t this a useful criterion by which to assess artworks regardless of the particular artform being used? Isn’t this what the arts are ‘about’?