The Eye of the Photographer

Photography.  It’s about how a person sees the world…

…and how they decide to capture it.

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You and I could be standing right next to each other, looking at the same view… and yet, not be seeing the same thing.  It happens all the time.  Because the way you see the world is not the same as the way I see it.  That’s how we end up with so many photos of similar things that are each slightly different in their own way.

If you’re at all familiar with my photography, you’ll know that I really enjoy nature photography and I love to see the up close details of little things that many people normally wouldn’t even notice.  How many times I have been told, “I never knew it looked like that!”  And that makes me happy.  It tells me that I have revealed something to someone– shown them something they’ve never seen before and may never have seen if I hadn’t decided to share with them my view of the world.

And how many times I have looked at a photo and thought, “Wow.  I’m glad they have an eye for that.”  Because if I had been standing in that person’s exact position, I may not have seen what they saw.  I may not have been able to capture the view that they captured.  But because that person’s eyes noticed something– saw something that caught their attention and appealed to them– they picked up their camera, snapped a photo, and shared it with me.  Maybe not with me in particular, but I was still able to see it.  For a moment, I am able to glimpse a view through that person’s eyes and see the world as they see it.

Sometimes, this can lead to a person beginning to view certain things differently than they did before.  When I started seeing photos of eyes and realized how curiously amazing they are, I decided to give it a try.  Obviously, I’m not quite as good as some at photographing eyes… but I am determined to improve on this and I am truly enjoying the journey.

Also, I used to not be at all interested in cemeteries.  Not that I thought they were too creepy or anything, but I just didn’t find them all that interesting.  When I started seeing all these very artistic cemetery photos (you can see some that I really like here: @my_minds_vagabonds), I began seeing cemeteries in a new way.  And I wanted to photograph them myself.  I started kinda creeping out my brothers with this sudden fascination too… but that’s beside the point.

Anyway… I was just sitting here today thinking about how thankful I am that so many photographers have been kind enough to allow me to glimpse the world through their eyes and, in doing so, have helped me to begin seeing the world in new ways myself.  Thank you!  I hope I have been or will be able to do the same.

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2 comments

  1. That was so amazingly written! Wow! God is good to give us each such different personalities and quirks, thus sharing more wonder within a world of differences! 😀 I’d never looked at pictures this way; this was profound!

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