“The foolish reject what they see. The wise reject what they think.” (Zen proverb)
I initially failed to see this quote’s connection to photography (yes, I try to keep this blog on topic!) but the more I thought about it – and I guess the mere fact that it did made me think is already the connection that I was looking for? – the more these thoughts turned into a meditation and inner dialogue about a conflict in creating… “art”.
While very often I do find myself guided by intuition, only later recognizing how I arranged the elements in a photograph, I inevitably also recognize the failure to do so more effectively or clearly, and the analytical and rational thought of course leads to: “I wish I had seen that/done that on location.”
In order to make a better photograph, I must judge what I see, and think: how do I organize the information in my frame; what is essential to the expression of what I saw, what must be left away; can that which can’t be left away at least be placed in a way that its weight is reduced?
Is thinking about seeing still just seeing? :)
We recognized something intuitively, in an instant, and it’s important to hold on to it or otherwise, in this analytic mode of seeing-thinking, we might lose track. The necessary thinking on how to make a better photograph might prevent seeing things clearly. :)
Maybe this all just means that I haven’t made enough photographs yet?