There’s no question that photography causes excitement and the urge to capture the world around us. However, very often in this excitement we lose sight of our own seeing. It is common, especially among novice photographers, for them to rely on others for their seeing – often for the right reasons. After all, their lack of experience or direction causes them to search for help to navigate through the frenzied waters of the photographic life.
Rightly so, in a moment like this we look for guidance and advice – I did for many years. There comes a time, however, when we must get in the boat on our own and set sail for the New World. Yes, it will be an experiment at first but I believe that eventually it will lead you to your own seeing.
While most imagery that arrives at random will fail in its visual proficiency, it should be considered the price to pay for the one single perfect image that is born of this visual voyage of your own.
Don’t let the internet to tell you which image it will be. If you follow the common narrative you will end up with another “me too” or another “pretty” visual. It may even get super popular but it will never be truly yours. I know that the road to this small success in a sea of failures is hard and often discouraging. Trust me, my photographic friend, you must stay on course in pursuit of your own seeing. There is no other way.
Here is some imagery taken on the streets of Vancouver with the GFX paired with the GF 45mm F2.8 and GF 110 F2 lenses.
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