Shifting the Focus
(This is a series of posts on Jan Phillips’ book, God is at Eye Level, Photography as a Healing Art. For an intro check out the first post here.)
The first year in NYC my focus was simply to capture and document the scene whether it was the Aids Walk in Central Park (one of my very first photos below!) or daily events when friends would visit. During the second year an obsession had started to take place. I signed up for photography courses, taking my camera everywhere, living and breathing photography. And I slowly started to improve. It became more of a passion, an eagerness to search to locate the hidden treasures of potential images. I was no longer just looking, but starting to see differently. And I also started to uncover my new identity.
Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you; you don’t have to read nor analyze nor study. If you love a thing enough, knowledge of it seeps into you, with particulars more real than any chart can furnish. Jessamyn West
Now that I read this quote in Phillips’ book, it’s probably one of my biggest lessons learned after retiring from the corporate world. I didn’t have the patience for it to come to me. I thought I had to find it. So I searched and searched only to realize what you love somehow comes to you…
Next week: Chapter Four – Looking Like No Other