I’m making my way through the stack of books I purchased at the library book sale. In particular, the book by Freeman Patterson, Photography and the Art of Seeing, inspires me to express myself in a very personal way and improve my visual thinking.
From the chapter entitled, Barriers to Seeing . . .
How unfortunate it is that we don’t respond with wonder every day to the magnificence of the English ivy. How sad that we don’t see the light spilling across the little rug every evening. These sights are dismissed from mind and eye because they are so familiar, and their value as things-in-themselves goes unappreciated.
A photographer who wants to see, a photographer who wants to make fine images, must recognize the value of the familiar. Your ability to see is not increased by the distance you put between yourself and your home.