Seeing is an interactive process. I am importing and tweaking photos taken at a birthday party yesterday, and reflecting on the debate about art and photography — photoshop. The thing is when we look, we are constantly focusing on different areas in ways that cameras could never reproduce for they are static. And even more, our consciousness stears so much of what we “see” making it even less reproducible by machine. Photography is freezing. And then as
photographers can alter the emphasis by how we frame the photo, the settings we choose, and later what we alter in photoshop to reflect what we want the viewer to see. Sometimes I feel that my photos enable others to see a little into what I do.
At a party last night, someone noted how genetically we have so much more alike with one another. And I’m struck with how true that is. How Thich Nat Han has a meditation on this very premise, and the pages upon pages on this must exist in conflict resolution literature.
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”
It’s a beautiful process.
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh
“My actions are my only true belongings.”
“Our own life has to be our message.”