One of the ideas about photography that really resonates with me is the idea of seeing. It is this intangible aspect of photography that involves looking and finding what is there that can be overlooked or missed unless you have an eye perceptive enough to find it. A photographer who understands what it means to see is able to capture a moment in time that conveys something to themselves and to the viewer. Seeing I also think doesn’t just involve knowing when to press the shutter release. It also involves knowing what to crop and how to edit a photo. I hope to post more on this idea of seeing in some of my upcoming Tuesday photography Tips posts.
One of my inspirations, Imogen Cunningham, has a great quote that talks about seeing as being something that can’t be taught it is a talent that great photographers have innately. While it can’t be taught it can be developed if you have it.
There are too many people studying it [photography] now who are never going to make it. You can’t give them a formula for making it. You have to have it in you first, you don’t learn it. The seeing eye is the important thing – Imogen Cunningham
You can learn more about Imogen Cunningham here.