saturated with significance

From Zen Camera:

The act of simple seeing can bring the world to life. Writer Bonnie Friedman claims, “We can do this: we can observe. Things are saturated with significance.”

Learning to see the many facets of the visible world contributes to visual literacy and the ability to make effective photographs.

You can examine color and atmosphere, and how their effects awaken different sensations or feelings.

I sit on our porch overlooking the backyard forest every day. Too often I rush through family meals and on to the next thing, busy.

This season offers an opportunity for change.

To linger and to listen and, of course, to see. Acorns fall like rain. Morning fog paints the trees like a watercolor brush. Golden leaves dot the landscape.

For years, I’ve deeply admired the iconic photographs, Cape Light, made by Joel Meyerowitz. Many of them are stored safely in my visual memory. I especially love the picture, Porch, Provincetown, 1977.

Because I slowed down,

and perhaps because I was bored,

I looked deeply at the view from my own porch with affection.

Back Porch, Home, Fall 2018