A little while ago, a great photographer, Molly Kate asked me to get more into how I see. This is my response. Thank you Molly Kate! Everything below will be copied into a permanent about me section.
What an interesting thing it is to think about how I see. I suppose people have asked me that question all my life in a different way. You see, I have an identical twin. People would always ask if I liked being a twin. We basically always replied that we had no reference for comparison. But over time, I eventually begun to understand that it really is awesome.
So, when someone asks me how I see the world, my initial response is quite the same. But there are some details I will add to it.
Being a twin, I am uniquely able to understand that point of view means everything because someone out there really is my clone but is quite different from me, including from a photographic standpoint.
We are also color blind to reds and greens when they mix. Don’t expect me to see the red berries on the leafy green bush right away. What do I see if it is not color?
I think that I definitely key in on lines and contrast a lot. But, the more I do street photography, the more I recognize how I am drawn to emotions and social interaction, too.
Now, there are many photographers that really see the world in unique ways. They see a sense of humor in shapes and characters and signs. Everything seems to be a kind of visual riddle. I admire that photographer, but it is not me today. Some people are masters of the body, tension, and muscle. Today that is not me, either. Tomorrow might be different.
I dabble in most of the rest of photography quite a bit. My type of photography will likely change in the future. But my eyes are drawn to what they are drawn, lines, contrast, and emotion.
What I have done up to this point was talk about quite literally how I see the world. But let me also put this thought out there that in order to take make more interesting photographs, you must put yourself in front of more interesting things. With that thought, I hope to expand my travels to find more interesting things.