The essence

Too often we attempt to force a photograph out of a situation rather than allow the situation to speak to us.

John Sexton

 

Many times I have gone to a photogenic location with pictures visualized in my mind before I get there, which I think is a good way to start. But I am always pleasantly surprised once I get there if I take the time to set aside my original agenda and let the area speak to me. I sit and pause and allow my mind to wander without any prescribed outcome.  It may seem a little weird, but there are certain characters that seem to emerge. Maybe a tree that all of a sudden sticks out because of its white bark. Maybe the horizontal line of a shoreline. Maybe the blue color of restaurant lights. Maybe the reflection of one building in the window of another.

I think most, if not all forms or art, are an attempt to get at the essence of something – or maybe the truth. How can we become better at pausing first to allow the one main thing to emerge and then see if we can capture it?

PIC-OF-THE-WEEK

During the month of March I’m going to post a series of “raw, cooked” images to give you an idea of the metamorphis some of my photos go through. This was a "drive-by" on Route 376 in PA right after you cross the Ohio River.

 RAW

 

 

COOKED