Human Vision by Laria Saunders
Never let your eyes sleep. With or without the camera, deeply perceiving the world around you is essential.
In art, it took about a 1000 years to go from simply documenting history to actually expressing emotion and philosophy thru art.
The camera takes a 1000 years of history and in an instant compresses it into one second.
This forces us as artists to take the next evolutionary step and express energy, emotion and philosophy thru our capture.
Developing our eye is the best way to improve our shots. Slow down and be alone.
It is when we are alone that we contemplate, it is when we slow down that we see more deeply.
There is nothing that has helped my seeing and perceiving more deeply than meditation.
Meditation trains the mind to see subtlety. Meditation focuses the attention like a laser and also teaches one how to relax deeply.
When you watch the mind you begin to understand the pre-thought trends which leads to action and this tells you a lot about human nature, body language and the emotional cycles humans fall into.
All of this informs how we perceive and interpret the world around us and can therefore be essential when capturing that magical moment.
Look for energy more than object. Energy is what we capture even if it’s a still life.
Even a still life can express a life force whether it chaotic, peaceful, textured or edgy.
For me, the camera is my mask to the magical. When I put this “mask” on I am giving my self a kind of super power.
This power is perceiving and there is no greater power for self-knowledge and for art.
Right perception is the key to peace, happiness and a good shot.
The camera “mask” enhances your thoughts so you wanna get them straight and focused.