“What To Photograph … or … What Can I See?”

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”                                                         Scott Adams (1957 – ), ‘The Dilbert Principle



“No conservative ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. Conservatism is the stagnation of the mind”                                                 Helen Keller (1880 – 1968)


“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.”        Frank Tibolt

At my photography workshops I take everybody out to do some hands-on photography. The main goal is learning to ‘see’ – finding motifs in any situation, light or whether. It’s a matter of imagination, willing to experiment and of seeing things in abstract terms – forgetting the label or ‘what it is’. Here I went a day ahead to one of the local beaches to scout things out … and to check if I can hold up to my expectations. It looked first pretty unexciting, bright light at mid-day. But after a while things started to emerge. The group of trees as an exercise in composition with three horizontal areas and four vertical lines, and how to place them. Of course I couldn’t resist to do a multi-exposure of pine branches, by rotating the camera during the shots (even though not everybody’s camera has that feature). There is a silhouetted dead tree against a dramatic sky, by blocking the sun. A close-up of bark, dividing the frame into three vertical sections. A couple of waves and action in water – a softer one with a reed and the splash of a small wave at the shore, moving us into the realm of non-representational imagery. There is the shadow of some needles on a red pine’s  bark, which reminded me of a puzzle. And another shot at the soft waves of water around some reeds with the reflections of sky and clouds. Of course, everybody can – and hopefully will – see different things and see them in a different way. It’s the difference between ‘looking’ and ‘seeing’

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