Learning to see | A person history of photography (1947-2012)
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… What are you two looking at? my Old Man would ask.
Are you teaching her to see?
I guess I am.
… Together we sat for an hour or so and watched. I don’t
remember everything I saw that day while sitting there in that small boat with my Old
Man but I do know I was there, in every sense of the word, with every sense of my
body, taking in what I could. Once again I was learning to see and it was so fulfilling
it was almost painful. I don’t remember if I had a tear in my eye but I should have. …
… Learning to see appears to be taken for granted. Yet
outside the speech centre of the brain, the visual cortex is the largest single area of
the brain dealing with function other than movement and sight is responsible for
80% of sensory input and learning for a sighted person. For some strange reason we
expect it all to be working perfectly from the moment the child sees the light at the
end of the tunnel, so to speak. …
… If we learn to see as the child does, we open a new world to our vision and add to
our own experiences. We learn about people and places. We see the connections
and relationships. We share in a world as no other generation has ever done before.
Don’t let the world pass you by. Stop for a while and ponder. Learn to see as others
… It was said of Ansell Adams that, after spending many hours in his darkroom,
processing the results of many days of photographing his beloved landscapes, he
would occasionally burst into the daylight holding a freshly exposed and still dripping
print and utter excitedly ‘I think I have got it’. …
… I remember seeing a documentary many years ago when a group of journalists and
anthropologists ventured into the Highlands of New Guinea to find a group of
indigenous people who had never had contact with people outside their own village.
One of the photographers took a Polaroid image of a village member and showed
him the photograph. At first the villager was bemused. He had no idea who it was.
He then became terrified when it was explained it was an image of him because he
thought the photograph contained part of his ‘soul’. Slowly he realized the
significance of what he held in his hand and he smiled deeply, shared the photograph
with his family. …
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Did you see what I saw !?!