There is a lot to be said for immersing yourself in Nature. In this day and age it is just too easy to lose yourself in the day-to-day of life. Ironically life out side of our day-to-day routine is the real world and we have to remind ourselves to visit it. Once you step out to see the world without distraction you can’t help but bond with the land, sea and stars. It is… liberating, in the truest sense. (more below)
Beyond liberating us from routine, Nature is a great catalyst of creativity. Being witness to amazing scenery, weather phenomenon and wildlife it is enriching to document our world in a photograph. Documentation alone is not creativity. Creativity is hinged on our ability to interpret and express an otherwise intangible connection to our subject. As I photograph Nature I continually strive to feel that connection and share a unique perspective in the process. As I was happy to learn recently, photography legend Edward Weston held a similar philosophy.
In a letter to Ansel Adams dated January 28, 1933, the photographer Edward Weston said, “photography as a creative expression — or what you will — must be ‘seeing’ plus: seeing alone would mean factual recording — the illustrator of catalogues does that. The ‘plus’ is the basis of all arguments on ‘what is art.'”
I’ve never been keen to label my creative efforts and/or philosophies, but if I were “Seeing Plus” is the term that would be most appropriate.
What’s your take on “Seeing Plus” and how does it fit into your photographic efforts?
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