How do you see?

Top of a waterfall By Eve Ticknor

Top of a waterfall
By Eve Ticknor

Swan Taking to Wing By Eve Ticknor

Swan Taking to Wing
By Eve Ticknor

Silvery forest By Eve Ticknor

Silvery forest
By Eve Ticknor

 

In all the photos I have been taking over several years, I know if the conditions are right for me, I will see images in the pictures after they are printed out.

The fun is in asking others to look at a photo and tell me what they see.  Obviously my interpretations and others’ interpretations can be different.  Still, many do look at my photos and see nothing.  It used to bother me, until I realized that I could teach others how to look, how to see.

Take a photo, preferably one that is more on the abstract side, but with substance, as in not just 3 lines.  Focus on 1 section and see if anything comes to mind.  Then shift your focus to another part and do the same.  Turn the photo upside down or on 1 side, and do the same you did with the first side.  Continue for the remaining sides.  Did you see anything that made sense?  Anything that made you look at it differently after that?

I have a photo which made perfect sense the way I took it.  However, in showing it around, it was immediately turned around and declared to be an entirely different  subject.  After a while, it was turned onto its side and, surprise, surprise, it was again something entirely different.

Top of a waterfall By Eve Ticknor

Top of a waterfall
By Eve Ticknor

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