The Importance of a Conversation on “Seeing”

In my last blog post I asked you about the direction of this blog and whether or not you enjoy it in the current format. Your response was overwhelming and deeply humbling. Most of you said that you like the format and you don’t want me to change much which, I have to admit, I am very grateful for. Here are just four notes.

Jeff wrote: “I much prefer to get information from a blog than social media because it takes time to craft a good blog post and the quality is always higher. Blogs, books, newspaper articles, are like vegetables, social media is sugary candy. I don’t see any reason to change what you are doing in this space.”

Patricia shares her thoughts: “I hope you continue with exactly what feels true to you because it is working. Your heartfelt thoughts and perspective, and your willingness to be vulnerable in sharing is really appreciated. In regard to the images posted, which I always enjoy.”

Bob shared this thought:“I was first inspired to follow your artistic journey by this blog, and it remains my favourite.” 

Khürt noted:“I think blogs are needed more today than ever before. Blogs are the barrier against the waves of “instant” thinking and doing.” Thoughtful ​blogs, like this one, allow me to slow down, pull up a chair, and with a mug of ale/coffee/tea, sit by the fire and chat until the wee hours.”

I had better stop here because I would have to quote the entire “comment” section – I love all your responses! Thank you everyone for taking the time to write a few words, including the avalanche of emails. 

Even though I have been working on many projects, this blog has always been a very special place for me – a sort of personal friend circle – when as I imagine it – we sit down around a simple e-table in a nice café and talk life, seeing, photography and friendship.

As much as we are bombarded with photographic content every day, the more I do photography, the more I am convinced about the importance of a conversation on “seeing.” This conversation includes the exchange of ideas in written form, discussing imagery and the process behind it. It includes sharing the deepest insecurities and visual ideas – even the ones which initially we may perceive as not worthy of sharing or simply farcical. Such intense exchanges, deep thought-process and ultimately attempts to implement some of them in real life scenarios are building blocks, a sort of genesis of new seeing. 

Those of you who would like to expand such conversations on a daily basis, please make sure to check out our new Journal of Seeing FB Group. The principle is very simple: no gear talk allowed, focus on seeing and creativity. In the group we are not afraid to share the thought process behind our imagery, propose new visual ideas and most importantly have a civil conversation about why some of our images work or don’t work. 

This is my visual conversation for today. 

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5 thoughts on “The Importance of a Conversation on “Seeing”

  1. I really like this type of work; however i never see it in my world. maybe because i don’t live in a city.

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