Enjoy this collection of quotes on listening and hearing.
“Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.” – Evelyn Glennie
“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.” ― G. K. Chesterton
“Looking but not seeing is the hearing but not understanding of the eye.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.” ― Diogenes Laertius
“Listen thrice. Think twice. Speak once.” – Anonymous
“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” ― Bernard M. Baruch
“It takes a great man to be a good listener.” ― Calvin Coolidge
“The art of conversation lies in listening” ― Malcolm Forbes
“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” ― William Hazlit
“The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’.” ― Alfred Brendel
“Listening is about being present, not just about being quiet.” Krista Tippett
“You can’t fake listening. It shows.” ― Raquel Welch
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ― Ernest Hemingway
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ― Stephen R. Covey
“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak and another to hear.” ― Henry David Thoreau
“Seeing with your skin means to use more than just your eyes to observe and listen to others. You can sense with deeper perception and consciousness. Use all of you. The more you can feel, the better you will be at determining how and when to react …” – Joseph Cardillo – Be Like Water
We tap only a small portion of our intelligence. And we have many types of intelligence; visual, verbal, emotional, kinesthetic, etc. Our bodies have a vast intelligence. Tap it. And make your work stronger.
Our five senses are doorways to worlds of wonder. Those who are missing one sense usually developed heightened awareness in the others. You can do the same by closing your eyes.
Close your eyes. Do this for several minutes. What do you hear, feel, smell, taste?
When you open your eyes, make photographs with your other senses in mind. While you are doing this, put your habitual visual routines on hold. Simply experience making images from other perspectives.
Don’t evaluate the images you make in these sessions as you would others. Look for moments that are strongly felt. Successful images of this type are the ones that move you most, not the ones that have the most refined compositions. In them, you’ll find new ways of relating to any subject and the seeds fof many ideas that may bear fruit in the near future, if properly tended.
Later, you can continue making exposures with these previous successes in mind.
The strongest images suggest dimensions beyond the visual. When you look at them, you can imagine smelling Monet’s gardens, tasting a Zubaran still life, feeling the chill of Friedrich’s seascapes, or even hearing Kandinsky’s abstractions.
Your work will be stronger if it becomes equally suggestive.
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