What I See

an experiment involving human subjects

Jun-Aug 2020

To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.  - Elliott Erwitt

My way of seeing the world is what I consider my special gift. Walking around town, my street photographer eye has a habit of making magic with the mundane. 

The viewfinder helps me discover subliminal messages and stories created by the interplay of natural light and its human-made context. It makes everyday life exciting and gives me an appreciation of the world that helps to keeps me positive no matter what the world throws at us (hello 2020). 

This way of seeing is possible because I go to a state of solitude. With the camera, I feel completely alone. All that matters in those moments is the scene in front of me. I wander around inside a bubble.

For ten weeks, I ran a self-imposed experiment. What would happen if I wasn't alone? What would my work look like? How would I feel?

This is a documentary of that experiment. 

I invited some friends to come along on my urban adventures

they became the "anonymous stranger" in scenes I saw

at first, it was disruptive

there was pressure to keep a conversation going

small talk = not seeing

not seeing = uninspiring work

with time, we grew quieter

the images we made became more creative

my friends started to see things I didn't see

we collaborated

half way, I changed locations to a big city

introducing the possibility of capturing real strangers in the image

we pushed boundaries


we made images inconceivable to me ten weeks ago

I am seeing new things

thank you

my friend, my teacher

a special thanks to the team at Fujifilm and Muse Storytelling for creating the Students of Storytelling program which made this project possible

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