Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes on seeing.
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see. ” ― Henry David Thoreau
“What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.” – C.S. Lewis
“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” – John Lubbock
“We will find only what we look for, nothing more and nothing less.” – Anonymous
“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer
“Humans see what they want to see.” ― Rick Riordan
“People only see what they are prepared to see.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” – Henri Bergson
“We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.” – Anais Nin
“What you see, you become.” – The Vedas
“A verse from the Veda says, ‘What you see, you become.’ In other words, just the experience of perceiving the world makes you what you are.” – Deepak Chopra
“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion – all in one.” ― John Ruskin
“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way.” ― John Ruskin
“To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion – all in one.” ― John Ruskin
“The more I see, the less I know for sure.” ― John Lennon
“I shut my eyes in order to see.” – Paul Gauguin
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Increasingly, we all find ourselves photographing at locations where many have photographed before us. When I encounter this I ask myself many questions. Here are a few.
What’s been done before?
What made it work?
How could it be improved?
What hasn’t been done before?
How have things changed since that work was done?
What could be done to reflect that change?
What’s unique about this moment?
What’s special about my perspective?
How many ways could these things be made clear and/or strongly felt?
The right set of questions can help generate many ideas as well as guide and focus work.
I usually have so many thoughts and feelings that I need to make notes to catch them all. Trying to find the best words to express them with makes my understanding of them clearer.
Next time you find yourself in familiar territory, I recommend you start asking many useful questions.