The Picture Is Taken Before You Take It

Perceiving directly happens prior to any conceptualization by oneself, prior to any deliberate photographic action. One could say the picture is taken before you take it. We take for granted that it is the I or you who takes the picture. By identifying with the attitude of a hunter in pursuit of images we build a fence around …

To be Original: A Barrier to Seeing

There is an old principle that says “what you resist persists”. The concepts or ideas we have about originality imprison us and don’t allow creativity to flow. They become barriers to seeing – they limit us. The way through a barrier is to be the barrier. Robert Frost suggested something similar: “The best way out is always through”. Using this paradoxical approach helps to switch from seeing conceptually to perceiving directly.