Seeing the small details

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.’ – Dorothea Lange

Most often when I am out photographing, I get questioned by curious passers-by who are often unable to figure out what I am doing or trying to do.

The most important thing that I have learned on this journey is that we all see things very differently. The few times that I joined other photographers, our resulting images from our day were very different.

Whilst our brain can process millions of pieces of data every second, there’s only a certain amount of information that we can take in. But learning to really see is a skill that can be learned and, once learned needs to be sharpened and sharpened.

During this process, I learned to slow down and lose myself into my surroundings. It has taken a lot of time, practice and patience to get to where I am and yet I am still a work in progress.

I learned to be aware of small details, light, patterns and more importantly, to appreciate beauty in the simplest things.

The camera is our passport to the world. Rather than reducing our world to a view through the lens, it should expand our vision by encouraging us to stop, look and find time to appreciate the things that others overlook.

If I tell you that this image is that of an office building and the details that you see are that of the protruding windows that forms beautiful shapes and patterns. The details struck me and just had to stop and admire it. I stood around for about 30mins observing and taking everything in.

Although my first instinct was to capture the entire structure, the details drew my attention so I focused on them. I am glad that I did just that.

My way of seeing did not happen overnight. It took a lot of time, practise and trial and errors. However, I had to learn to trust the process and be patient.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!!

2 Comments Add yours

    1. pammyv02 says:

      Thank you Paula 😊

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