How often do you see people walking and reading their texts or on the train and reading their tablet rather than enjoying the view? What are we missing when we do that?
American naturalist and essayist “John Burroughs” said: “To learn something new, take the path you took yesterday”.
We usually miss the value of “seeing” the familiar while trying to search for something new and inspiring. When revisiting a familiar object such as a tree for example, we are able to “see” it in a different way, we will be able to notice its color variations, the shape of the leaves and so on. We have to look at everything with new eyes. Going on journeys or taking the same walk we take everyday; will make us discover new things, things that we did not notice before because we stopped looking at everything with curious eyes like when we used to be kids and we stopped noticing the wonderful world around us because we got used to it or because we are busy staring at our phones or texting or using the technology it offer us. We are missing out the beautiful world around us and the discover of exciting things to Photograph. We are missing what is extraordinary in the ordinary things around us. We have to practice “seeing” more and seeing beyond the subject too.
While reading the book “Extraordinary everyday photography”, the author talked about a method called “Miksang” which is Tibetan for “good eye”. Miksang is a form of contemplative photography that asks us to see our world in a new uncluttered way so we can be able to express what we see with our camera simply and precisely and produce an image that expresses what our eyes see and what our hearts feel.
We have to see the world without any clutter and without any of our ideas and opinions or value, dislike, pleasure, disinterest etc. We should learn how to mediate and see the world as it is.
Bibliography / References:
Manwaring , J., Tharp, B. 92012). Extraordinary Everyday Photography. New York: Amphoto Books.
The Miksang Institute. What is Miksang?. [online]. Available from: https://www.miksang.com/miksang/ [Accessed 20 June, 2017].